When I’m asked if I would like to have chai tea, I always smile. Tea in Hindi, the national language of India, is ‘chai’. To me, an Indian, that’s like asking if I would like a cup of ‘tea tea.’ This is one recipe I often get asked. Depending on which spice you love, you can always make the recipe your own. Some prefer more green cardamoms. I personally prefer to add a lot of fresh ginger. A LOT!


  • 2-3 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp. tea leaves


  • Fresh ginger (as much as you like)


  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp crushed pepper
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 cardamom pods


  • Milk
  • Sugar


  1. Boil water till it bubbles.
  2. Crush the ginger in a mortar pestle or a food processor. Add to boiling water.
  3. Grind the spices in a spice mixer and add to the water.
  4. Add the tea leaves.
  5. Add milk and sugar. If you prefer to have your tea without milk and/or sugar, leave it out.

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