Spicy, sweet, delicious chai!
Most Westerners think of chai as the milky, sweet, spice-filled brew. But in India, the word ‘chai’ refers to tea of ANY kind, be it sweet or astringent, spicy or plain.
Masala chai, on the other hand, is strong black tea mixed with spices, sweetened with honey or sugar. Indian food incorporates a combination of spices, called masala (typically a regional variation of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cloves, cumin and/or black pepper). So, ‘masala chai’ simply means ‘spiced tea’ in India.
Masala chai has a deep history throughout India. Recipes for chai vary across cultures, towns and families.
The chai so popular in America is typically just called “chai” and is more of a masala chai latte. This creamy, sweet drink is a staple in North American coffeehouses.
Check out our exotic masala chai blends and learn to make your own rich, creamy masala chai at home with our exotic chai recipe, below…
Fusion Tea’s Chai Latte Recipe
Measure your tea. Start by measuring twice the amount of loose leaf tea you would normally use for one cup of tea. For a stronger tea latte, triple the amount of tea.
Steep. Make a strong brew by steeping your tea in 1/2 cup boiling water. Simply pour your heated water over a tea-filled infuser. Be sure the tea is covered completely with water. Steep for five minutes, then remove the infuser.
Heat your milk. While your tea is brewing, heat 1/2 cup milk until steaming. If you like foam and have a frother, froth the milk.
Add heated milk and your favorite sweetener. Pour the heated milk into your mug with and add honey or sugar.
Or, if you prefer a cooler brew, try our Ultimate Iced Chai Tea Latte Recipe.