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What is Chai ? How to make Chai ?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

"Chai" Indian tea

"Chai" means tea in Hindi(Indian language). Indians have coffee or tea two times a day. One in the morning before breakfast and another in the evening around 4 p.m. Traditionally milk and sugar will be added to both coffee and tea.

During weekends my mom would sleep in a little longer. My dad is always an early riser. Like my dad I am also an early riser, so he would ask me to make Chai or Coffee. This was when I was in middle school. I would make chai for my dad and me. We would enjoy the warm chai in the early morning hours listening to the birds singing. I love recollecting those happy memories! In this blog I am sharing my foolproof chai recipe. If you follow this recipe to the 'T' I can assure you that your Chai will taste delicious.

Chai tea (serving size -2)


2 cups milk

2 cups water

1 teaspoon cardamom powder

2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

4 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoon Red label tea powder(you can find it in Indian store)


1. Add 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon cardamom powder , 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger , 3 tablespoons tea powder and 4 tablespoons sugar in a pot.

2. Bring the contents to a boil.

3. Add 2 cups milk into the pot.

4. Switch of the heat when the milk is about to boil over.

5. Filter the Chai(tea) using a strainer.

6. Enjoy your warm Chai.


After adding milk , please don't walk away from the pot before switching off the heat. I have done this mistake a few times and the milk has boiled over the stove top creating a huge mess. If you like your chai less sweeter you can reduce amount of sugar in the recipe.


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