Cook the Book – Chai Tea

Chai Tea

Chai tea is an Indian drink that has become popular in coffee houses.  It’s a nice alternative to hot chocolate. I make a batch of the spice base all at once so it’s always available.

1 bag of tea (orange pekoe or your favorite)
1 teaspoon spice base (below)
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar 

In a small saucepan, bring the water, tea bag and 1 teaspoon of the spice mix to a boil; remove from heat and steep approximately 5 minutes. Add the milk and sugar; return the pan to the stove over medium-high heat and continue to heat until the liquid is hot but not boiling.  Serve immediately.

Spice base

4 tablespoons ground cinnamon or 8 sticks
2 tablespoons cardamom seeds (try to buy them without the pods.  If they are in the pods, remove the pods and measure just the seeds)
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
8 whole star anise

Grind the spice base ingredients together in a food processor or spice grinder until finely ground. You can store the mixture in an airtight container for months.

Makes ½ cup spice base, 2 cups tea.

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2 Comments

  1. Linda Nygaard
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Recognized this post from one of our favorite cookbooks Anne Mahle’s: At Home, At Sea. Wishing you the best of everything with your new TV show.

    • Annie Mahle
      Posted February 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Linda! We’ll see what happens. No matter what, we are having the best time.

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