how to make

chai concentrate

What is chai?

Masala chai is an Indian beverage made with spiced, milky, black tea. Whole spices are toasted and simmered before steeping in tea.

Prep Time: 3 Min

cook Time: 15 min

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Toast the spices over medium heat for about 3 minutes or so, until fragrant. Be careful not to burn them.

Add the water, and bring to a simmer.

Grate in the fresh nutmeg.

Add the brown sugar.

Stir and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Turn the heat off and add the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.

Add the vanilla extract.

Remove the tea bags and whole spices. Don't squeeze the tea bags - this can make your tea bitter. Strain if you prefer.

Use 1:1 with either hot or cold milk or water. Makes 8-10 drinks. Mixing 1/2 cup concentrate with 1/2 cup of boiling water will make a hot chai. See my blog to make an Iced Dirty Chai Latte.

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