Cardamom Chai
10 Min

Cardamom Chai

This is an afternoon tea staple in India. Nothing can make a kitchen smell warm and delicious like fresh pot of chai can. 
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Cook Time

10 Minutes



Step 1
On high heat, in a 3 to 4 quart saucepan, bring the water and cardamom pods to a boil. Lower the heat; cover the saucepan and let it simmer for about 2 minutes to infuse the water with the spices.
Step 2
Increase the heat to high again and add the tea, milk, and sugar (or honey) and bring it back to a boil.  Right after it comes to a boil, turn the heat off and let the chai rest for 2 to 3 minutes, covered.
Step 3
Strain and serve.  Can be enjoyed warm or chilled and served over ice.
4 cups water
2 teaspoons green cardamom pods
3 to 4 Assam or Darjeeling tea bags
1 1/2 cups whole milk
4 teaspoons sugar or honey (optional)

Notes & Variations

  • If using honey, add after chai comes off the heat and rests.
  • Most brands of black (orange pekoe) teabags will work with this recipe (i.e. PG Tips). If using loose Assam tea, use 1 tablespoon. 
  • Try with preferred non-dairy milks.
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