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!
- Place water and tea bag in a small saucepan over high heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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?
Excellent method for a pretty authentic tasting Chai! Thanks for posting, this is the way I will always make Chai in the future :)
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!