Authentic Chai Recipe

Tradition way of drinking chai tea in clay cups.

Mighty Leaf-The history of chai tea dates back 5,000 years to the ancient courts of Siam and India. Legend has it that a king concocted a recipe in a quest to create a healing beverage. After that, authentic chai tea was used in the healing tradition of “ayurveda” alternative medicine. Along with massage, herbs, yoga and other healing elements, chai tea was consumed to naturally heal the body beginning in the Vedic period in India. The popularity of chai tea spread throughout South Asia and far into the Western World, continuing its growth today.

Chai in eastern India is noted for the clay cups in which it is served. The clay adds an earthy flavor that underlies the spicy overtones.

Recipe for Chai from PBS Kitchen Explorers


4 cups water
2 teaspoons loose assam tea
4 whole green cardamom pods, smashed
2 whole cinnamon sticks, broken
10 whole cloves, smashed
3 cups milk
sugar or other sweetener, to taste


1 cup milk

small pinch of cardamon powder

small pinch of cinnamon

small pinch of cloves

small pinch of ginger

1 teaspoon honey

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