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Make Your Own Chai Tea

My mom is a big fan of chai tea. I was hoping to make her a homemade mix for mother's day. Ideally, I would want something similar to the stuff you find in tea bags of chai tea. Recipes I have found online are all multiple steps, including multiple steepings, etc. I understand, those would most likely taste better, but they wouldn't be very ship-able!! Any other recipes that would result in a one step brew?

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HalfPint added almost 2 years ago

This isn't exactly what you are looking for but I absolutely love it and it's really easy to do:


It's a concentrate made with sweetened condensed milk and some ground spices, mixed together. Just brew your tea and stir in a spoon or two of this concentrate. That's it. I put this concentrate into little half pint mason jars and gave them as gifts to family and friends across the country. The balance of the spices is just right for me, but you can definitely adjust to suit your own palate.

biggreencookbook added almost 2 years ago

thanks! that might work! do you know if it has to be refrigerated or not?

HalfPint added almost 2 years ago

Yes, I keep mine refrigerated and I would suggest that your mom do the same. It can be unrefrigerated for a few days in the mail as long as it's not summer. Just make sure to clean and sterilize the jar and lid before adding the concentrate. I almost never mail any food during the summer months unless it's going overnight express. Or you can send her the spice mix and have her add it to condensed milk.


Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 2 years ago

You could try this recipe, mixing the crushed spices with some loose black tea and putting it all in a jar. Your mom could just brew the chai herself and add milk. http://www.food52.com/recipes...

LE BEC FIN added almost 2 years ago

this recipe looks excellent to me with one caveat. Cardamom is essential to great chai imo. I believe from her ingredients- that she MEANT cardamom pods but wrote coriander pods instead. I think this because a) there is no such thing as coriander pods and b) she already lists coriander seeds. So if you make the recipe with cardamom pods as the first ingredient, i think it looks correct and likely tasty!

Sasha (Global Table Adventure) added almost 2 years ago

This is a relatively simple recipe - just steep and go - and it's also something you could mix and let her steep as desired. http://globaltableadventure...

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