It’s come to my attention that people don’t know how to make Chai properly.
Starbucks Chai DOESN’T COUNT.
Here are simple directions to make Chai: (serves like 2-3)
- Fill a pot with 1-1.5 cups of water.
- Put the pot on the stove at a high heat. Take ginger and grate it into the water. The more you put in, the more ginger-y your tea will taste (obviously).
- After the water comes to a boil, put slightly less to equal parts milk into the pot. I prefer to use 1% non-organic milk as it just makes it come out better.
- Put in the tea leaves. I don’t use tea bags; I use chai leaves that I get from the local Indian grocery store. If you use tea bags, follow the instructions on the box. If you use chai leaves, I use about 1.15 spoons (and I use the spoon that my chai leaves comes with, which I want to say is 1/4 of a cup)
- Put in 3 teaspoons of sugar.
- Decrease the heat a little and stir it around a few times.
- Don’t turn the stove off until the tea has risen and fallen a few times. That’s what really helps maximize the flavor output.
- The most telltale sign is the color: if it isn’t a golden to cork-board-color brown, you need to add some more chai leaves or let it stay on the stove for longer.
- Once you deem it’s done, strain and enjoy 🙂
***THIS IS JUST HOW MY FAMILY MAKES IT I KNOW SOME PEOPLE ADD MILK AFTER OR ADD DIFFERENT SPICES BUT THIS IS HOW I LIKE IT***