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Authentic Masala Chai Tea Concentrate

This authentic chai tea recipe uses traditional Indian masala spices to create a spicy, creamy treat that blows any store-bought version out of the water.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 45kcal




  • Crack the allspice, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom and anise with the back of a large knife.
  • Toast the spices in a dry skillet or on a baking sheet for about 5 minutes, or until very fragrant.
  • Place the toasted spices plus all the remaining ingredients, including the tea, into a small muslin bag or cheesecloth tied up. Or add loose and be prepared to strain the tea later.
  • Boil the purified water. Add the spice/tea mixture, ginger, cinnamon sticks and vanilla. Turn the burner down to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes until reduced by about one cup.
  • Remove the muslin bag/cheesecloth or strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Stir in the sugar or honey until completely dissolved.
  • Makes about one quart. The concentrate will stay fresh in the fridge for up to one week.
  • When ready to drink, gently simmer one part chai concentrate with one part organic whole milk, full-fat nut milk or full-fat coconut milk until hot.


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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