Indian Chai Latte

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Indian Chai Latte

This traditional chai tea has been made for many, many generations by thousands of Indian housewives who knew that good food is never cooked in a hurry. They take their time to prepare their tea from scratch with spices that are as fresh as possible. Add some fluffy, dairy-free milk of your choice (or raw milk) and you have a Chai Latte! Snuggle up to watch a movie with one of these – it feels like such a yummy treat and yet it is filled with wonderful Indian spices to stimulate your digestive system.
Total Time 15 minutes



  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp grated fresh ginger root
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 long cinnamon stick 25cm or so
  • 3 tsp cloves
  • 8 cups of water
  • 3 rooibos tea bags or organic black tea
  • 1 ½ cups quality milk alternative I use soy milk
  • optional Manuka honey for sweetening



  • Crush the black pepper, ginger root, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick and cloves together.
  • Pour 8 cups of water into a saucepan and add the crushed spices and tea bags along with the optional seeds from the vanilla pod – see Chef’s Hint.
  • Bring to a boil and turn down to a healthy simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Take out the teabags at this point to prevent the tea becoming too strong.
  • In a separate saucepan, warm ¼ cup of soy milk per person. Once hot, place into a Bodum or milk ‘frother’ and pump till fluffy.
  • Using a strainer or teapot with strainer, fill the desired number of cups up to ¾ full with the chai brew.
  • At this point, add a small amount of Manuka honey if desired and stir through. Top immediately with the frothy milk and decorate (if you are that way inclined) with some ground cinnamon.
  • If serving in a pot, you can garnish with a cinnamon stick.
  • Enjoy and make sure you serve it in a big cup!

Posted on

September 27, 2022

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