Awesome! I make my own chai all the time. You can add whatever you want! I use basically the same as you. I don't grind them though. I put them in the water and let it simmer for 20mnts. Take them out, put in my rooibos or black tea and honey and let that simmer for 10 minutes. Then add milk and warm.
January 5, 2011, 9:49 am
I'm a big ol' tea geek, so it was fun to see tea featured on today's episode. Huge round of applause for actually using loose instead of bagged! One note, though -- green tea does NOT have less caffeine than black. This is a myth that has unfortunately permeated American tea culture, even to the point of it being promoted by some vendors and shop owners. Caffeine amounts can vary from plant to plant, row to row, season to season. However, the processing that is used once the leaves are picked (to create black, green, white, oolong) does not significantly alter the caffeine. Other elements in tea keep caffeine from having the same impact as coffee, but for anyone who strictly needs to watch their caffeine intake...decaf or non-tea tisanes (like rooibos) are the only way to do this.
January 5, 2011, 10:25 am
ooooh, Jane + Phil! Finally. AND chai. wow.
January 5, 2011, 11:03 am
I LOVE homemade chai and your recipe's a bit different than my usual one. Can't wait to try it. Chai is just what's needed on this chilly day!
January 5, 2011, 12:35 pm
Thank you for this! My daughters and I drink copious amounts of tea and we're trying this tonight! Hubby and I are trying to get off caffeine so we're going to enjoy the rooibus version in the mornings!
January 5, 2011, 6:34 pm
Jane, he's cute! Right on!
January 5, 2011, 9:27 pm
One question: if you choose to make this for a gift, do you just fully grind the spices in the coffee grinder and then substitute powdered milk, tea, and ginger for the fresh stuff?
January 6, 2011, 1:53 pm
Ruth, I would grind the spices, put them in a packet, tie some gingerroot on top and include the recipes. (Powdered milk doesn't taste very good..)
January 6, 2011, 3:23 pm
So, did she just throw the whole cardamom pods into the grinder, husks and all? Is that what you do?
January 6, 2011, 3:57 pm
Hi Rebecca, YES! They are, of course, strained out before drinking.
January 7, 2011, 8:20 am
This recipe looks great! Being big on teas and infusions myself, I went through a big Rooibos phase and don't really enjoy the flavour of it anymore. I think this would be really good with Honeybush tea which is also naturally caffeine-free and delicious. Here's the wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeybush Numi is the brand I use http://www.numitea.com/Honeybush--Bushmens-Brew/p/NUMI-10103&c=NumiTea@Teabag@Herbal Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. This is my first time visiting this site and I already love it!
January 10, 2011, 3:37 am
My wife and I have really been enjoying this chai recipe. I've brewed several double batches you posted the recipe. When I had to replenish my spices, I discovered that Cost Plus World Market had them available at a significantly lower price than the grocery stores. I just thought I might pass that tip along.
January 26, 2011, 11:50 am
Great video! I love how the two parents say, YES!, in response to Jane getting a sitter.
June 23, 2011, 8:55 pm
I haven't made this yet, but when I make chai tea, I bring water to a boil and pour over chai tea bag in cup. Stir in a table spoon of molasses until disolved. Add a splash or two of skim canned milk. The molasses and canned milk make it really rich and creamy.
October 31, 2011, 10:33 pm