chai tea 2Warm up in this cool weather with a mug of homemade chai tea. This recipe makes 4 servings.


3 cups water

10 green cardamom pods, smashed

1 inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced thinly

4 pieces star anise

2 cinnamon sticks

2 cups milk (or milk alternative such as almond or soy)

2 tbsp loose black tea leaves (or 3-4 orange pekoe tea bags)

Sugar or honey to taste


In a medium-sized saucepan, add the water, cardamom, ginger, star anise and cinnamon and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low, then simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant (or longer if you want a stronger flavour). Return to a boil, add the tea leaves and boil for one minute. Add the milk. As soon as it returns to a boil, remove from heat.  Pour into cups through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the leaves and spices. Sweeten to taste.

Nutrition (per serving, made with whole milk and 1 tsp sugar):

  • Calories: 90
  • Carbs: 10 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Fibre: 0 g