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    Better Chai from a Chai Tea Bag

    Better Chai from a Chai Tea Bag. Photo by Kitty Z

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    Kitty Z's Note:

    The directions on my chai tea bags say, "steep 3-5 minutes, then add milk." The result is not very good; it's watery and not spicy at all. This recipe is my "rescue" for chai tea bags. It's not exactly chai like you get in India, but it's closer at least!

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    Serves: 1



    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 chai tea bag (I use Trader Joe's)
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup nonfat milk (whichever milk you prefer, I just like skim)
    • 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional) or 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)


    1. 1
      Place water and tea bag in a small saucepan over high heat.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about ten minutes, until the water is reduced by half. If less than 1/2 cup of water remains after ten minutes, just top up with more water.
    3. 3
      Remove tea bag and stir in milk and honey or sugar. Allow the chai to just return to a boil, then pour into a mug and serve.
    4. 4
      Note that if you let chai sit for too long, it will form a "skin." This is normal, but if you'd rather not have it, periodically stir your chai while you enjoy it.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 16, 2014


      I am so glad that I found this recipe! I made some wonderful chai just now following your recipe and it's what I'm totally doing from now on! I bet you could do it with other teas too and create other tea lattes, like green or black tea and it would be like milk tea maybe?

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    • on November 15, 2009


      Excellent method for a pretty authentic tasting Chai! Thanks for posting, this is the way I will always make Chai in the future :)

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    • on June 29, 2009


      So easy, yet satisfying. I have been heating the milk separately in the microwave and then mixing with the chai and sweetener. Two different brands of chai tea bags have been great. This was a terrific tip!

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    Nutritional Facts for Better Chai from a Chai Tea Bag

    Serving Size: 1 (362 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 42.8
    Calories from Fat 1
    Total Fat 0.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 2.4 mg
    Sodium 68.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 6.2 g
    Protein 4.1 g

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    tea bags

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