We love chai tea in my house. A few weeks ago, we saw an episode of Aarti Party where she showed how she makes her own blend of chai spices, and we finally tried this out. It turned out really tasty! The only note I'd make is that you may want to warm your milk if you like your chai light like I do, otherwise the milk will cool it off too much.
Aarti Party - Aarti Sequeira
Prep Time: 30 min
Inactive Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 30 min
8 to 10 servings
2 cups water
1 (1-inch) piece cinnamon stick
4 green cardamom pods, smashed
4 whole cloves
½ star anise
2 quarter-sized coins fresh ginger
2 scant teaspoon black tea leaves (recommended: Taj Mahal) or black tea of choice
2 teaspoons honey, or more to taste
Whole milk or half-and-half
In a medium pan, bring the water, all of the spices and the ginger to a boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat and allow it to steep for 15 minutes.
Bring the mixture back to a boil, then add the tea. Turn the heat off, and allow it to steep for 3 to 5 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea. Stir in the honey and add milk to your liking. Strain it into a bowl or pitcher and serve!
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