Masala Chai tea is one of my absolute favorite cold weather drinks. It’s a warming and soothing drink and the spicy scent is wonderful.
Chai is a spiced milk tea made by mixing brewed black tea with a sweetener, and a variety of spices and herbs. The drink originated in India but now it’s available all over. This recipe is for a concentrate that you mix 1:1 with milk.
To give you an idea of the layered flavors and spices in this drink, here are just a few of the ingredients:
- Ginger is spicy and aromatic. It’s excellent for good digestion. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cinnamon is an ancient spice that tastes spicy and sweet. Cinnamon also aids digestion and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. I prefer Ceylon cinnamon, also known as True Cinnamon, because of its sweeter taste.
- Peppercorns are another ancient spice that adds spicy heat with woody and floral accents. Pepper boosts metabolism, aids digestion, and is an anti-inflammatory.
- Vanilla Beans are the ripened fruit of a tropical orchid. It has a mild and sweet taste.
- Star Anise has a rich, licorice-like aroma and taste. It has antioxidant, antiviral, antifungal,and antibacterial properties.
- Cardamom Seeds are known as the Queen of Spices in India. Cardamom is strong, aromatic, spicy, herbal and citrusy. Among its many health benefits, it’s also a digestive aid.
- And More!
When you combine all of these wonderful spices with black tea and milk, it’s an unforgettable taste treat.
In this article, Jill shares her recipe for a very robust chai tea concentrate. She provides very clear directions. Be sure to read her Kitchen Notes, where she shares a lot of helpful tips.To see the complete recipe, visit the Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate Recipe link below.
If you don’t have time to make this recipe, you can shop for Masala Chai tea here.