Homemade Chai Tea

By: Sarah Wilson L.Ac., MAOM

Here is a delicious homemade chai recipe that is nice to have simmering on the stove. Nothing like this aroma to transport you for a moment while working from your home office or spending another evening right at home! Consider switching out the Rooibos tea for Red Raspberry tea. Both have a robust and rich quality similar to black tea, the standby for traditional Chai tea. The one requirement is mortal & pestle or a food processor to break up the spices. Fresh is the trick!


1 tablespoon fennel seed

6 green cardamom pods

12 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 (1/4-inch) piece ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced

6 black peppercorns

7 cups water

2 tablespoons or 3 teabags of Rooibos tea or Raspberry of Darjeeling   

3 tablespoons honey

1 cup milk, dairy or plant based



In a medium saucepan, combine fennel seed, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger root, peppercorns, and water. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for 10 minutes.

Add the tea, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes.

Strain mixture, discard spices and return the tea to the saucepan. Stir in the honey and milk. Serve immediately.

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