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Chai Latte Recipe

Updated: May 13, 2024, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Make your own barista quality Chai Latte at home with my easy recipe. This rich and creamy spiced tea Latte has a right balance of sweet & spicy aromatic Chai Spice flavors infused to perfection! An ultimate warming winter drink! Based off the incredible and variable tea drinks served throughout India, Chai Lattes are a modern coffeehouse spin that will pep up your tea routine. Best of all, you can make it at home with easily available ingredients.

Chai latte



Chai Latte is black tea infused with spices and finished off with frothy milk. While chai has its origins from India, Chai Latte is a staple in the American coffeehouses. Like Indian tea, this includes tea, water, spices, some kind of sweetener, and of course plenty of milk. It also starts the same – tea, spices, and sweetener simmered in water but then steamed and frothed milk are added, giving the Chai Latte an incredible richness and a pillowy topping.

Though this is very similar to Indian tea it carries an important distinction. It includes frothy steamed milk on top, like a coffee or espresso-based latte. Sometimes it can be sweeter or contain more milk like an espresso latte, but the milk froth is what makes it a Chai Latte instead of just regular old Chai.

Ingredients

  • Tea: Black tea is the most traditional for making a chai, especially Assam tea. You can also use Ceylon, Darjeeling, English breakfast, or even green tea if you’re in a pinch. Loose leaf tea is preferred–but it will still taste good with tea bags!
  • Milk: Whole milk is perfect for a chai latte, though you can keep it dairy-free with plant-based milks like oat or soy too. You’ll want one suitable for steaming and foaming.
  • Spices: This really depends on personal preference. Keep it simple with just some fresh ginger or a few cracked green cardamom pods, or use both and also include cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and black peppercorns for an incredibly aromatic chai latte.
  • Experiment with fennel seeds, coriander seeds, star anise, and nutmeg as well. I have a recipe for Chai Spice blend. Whole spices are preferred, but you can use dried and ground if that’s all you have. Ground cinnamon makes an excellent garnish!
  • Sweetener: Granulated white sugar is the most common sweetener to use. If you want some complexity, jaggery–a kind of unrefined cane sugar–works very well. Brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup also add sweetness without overwhelming the spice and flavor of the chai.

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How to make a Chai Latte (Stepwise Photos)

Making this involves two stages: preparing the chai concentrate and preparing the milk. You can make the concentrate ahead and refrigerate for a week.

1. You first need to prepare the whole spices like cloves, cinnamon sticks, black peppercorns, and cardamom pods are a great combination for this recipe.

2. Crush them in a mortar and pestle/ grinder or under a heavy object like a rolling pin or frying pan. I use my grinder.

3. They don’t need to be pulverized to powder, as you’ll remove them before serving. But if you want stronger spice flavors, make a fine powder. Toasting the spices before you crush them brings out extra fragrance.

4. You can use either black tea bags or loose leaf tea according to your preference.

5. To sweeten the chai latte, you may use sugar, maple syrup or any other sweetener of choice. You will also need a little Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.

6. Add the crushed spices to a saucepan with water, sugar and bagged or loose-leaf tea or tea powder.

7. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 mins. Boiling loose tea for too long imparts bitter tones. Add Vanilla extract. Turn off and Let it steep for about 10 mins.

8. Strain to get rid of the whole spices.

9. You can either refrigerate the concentrate to use later or keep it warm to serve immediately.

10. Now you must froth the milk. Over medium-high heat, heat the milk in a sauce-pan until you see steam coming. Do not boil. Turn off the heat as soon as you see the milk begins to steam.

11. Pour the milk to a heat proof mason jar or a tall jar (16 oz or 500 ml). Make sure milk is only filled up to half the jar. Milk should be hot but not boiling hot.

12. Using a frothing wand/ milk frother, froth the milk for 25 to 35 seconds, until the milk is frothy. If you do not have a frother, simply cover the mason jar tightly and begin to shake shake and shake, until frothy.

13. Bring the Chai Latte together by adding the warm concentrate to a cup or mug. I prefer stronger chai flavors so use up the entire concentrate. You may start with ½ to ¾ of the prepared concentrate.

14. Then adding the warmed milk and topping everything with the delicious milk froth.

Garnish Chai Latte if desired with cinnamon. Drink and enjoy!

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chai latte

Chai Latte Recipe

5 from 34 votes
This creamy Chai latte has the right balance of sweet and spicy aromatic flavors infused to perfection. Serve it warm in winters and iced in summers.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings1
AuthorSwasthi
Diet : Vegetarian

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

To Make Chai Concentrate

  • 2 to 3 tea bags (or 1 to 1½ teaspoon tea powder)
  • cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or maple syrup or any other sweetener)
  • 3 to 4 green cardamoms (or ¼ teaspoon ground)
  • 1 to 1½ inch cinnamon piece (not cassia)
  • 4 black pepper (optional, or ⅛ teaspoon crushed)
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

To Make Latte

  • 1 cup whole milk (or plant milk)


Instructions

Make Chai Concentrate

  • Grind or crush cinnamon, cloves, green cardamoms (deseeded) & black pepper to a coarse powder. You can use a spice grinder, mortar & pestle or a rolling pin for this.
    3 to 4 green cardamoms, 4 black pepper, 2 to 3 cloves, 1 to 1½ inch cinnamon piece
  • Pour water to a sauce pan and add all the ground spices, sugar & tea. Bring it to a rolling boil on a medium high heat and simmer for 3 to 4 mins, until it reduces to nearly ⅓ cup. Add vanilla and turn off the heat.
    2 to 3 tea bags, ⅔ cup water, 1 tablespoon sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For stronger flavors, you may cover and let steep for about 10 mins. Strain through a strainer. Your concentrate is ready. If you prefer a warm Chai Latte, keep it warm or refrigerate for later use.

How to Make Chai Latte

  • Pour milk to sauce pan and begin to heat it on a medium-high heat until you begin to see steam coming from the milk. At this stage milk is hot but not boiling.
    1 cup whole milk
  • Turn off and pour to a heat proof 16 OZ (500 ml) mason jar and secure the lid tightly. Shake the jar carefully until the milk turns frothy. If you have a frother, froth it for 25 to 35 seconds until foamy.
  • Pour ½ to ¾ of the prepared concentrate and top with the milk and froth.
  • Garnish Chai Latte with cinnamon if you want. Taste test and add more concentrate for stronger flavors.


Notes

  1. I prefer strong flavors in my drink. So I use up all of the prepared concentrate for 1 serving.
  2. For stronger spice & aromatic flavors, grind the spices to a fine powder. Also let the decoction steep for 10 mins after it is prepared.
  3. If you prefer lighter flavors, keep the quantity of spices same but use less concentrate. 

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

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NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Chai Latte Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 106mg5%
Potassium 505mg14%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 428IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 368mg37%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Making it now, not sure I understand “deseeded”, do I only use the cardamom husk ? Thank you

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This Chai latte is a great replacement to my masala chai. Turned out ?

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Thank you! Chai latte turned out delicious

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I really do want to make this. I have been buying chai tea bags and have been disappointed at the lack of flavor. I’m so looking forward to trying your recipe and it appeared in my inbox today?