Friday, 14 December 2012

Starbucks .. Eat ya heart out

It's 7:30 am, it's dark and its unbelievably cold. I don't do mornings or this arctic weather. What does help though on mornings like this is a well made cup of chai - a milky tea infused with mild spices

In an Asian household there is always that one person that won't settle for your boiled water based cuppa, in my house
it's my dear sister in law ( don't tell her I told you !)

As if I didn't love Starbucks enough (sorry Costa but you just don't do it for me) I'm loving that they have their take on our Chai, fortunately for my pocket but not for me * insert sad face here* the nearest Starbucks is Meadowhall and I can't bear to step out my front door and risk getting frostbite in this cold - so my own mug has to be made up.

So to warm yourselves up and save yourselves a few pennies, here's my concoction for chai per person:

• quarter fill your favourite cup or mug with water, place the water in a saucepan with a tea bag and bring to simmering point

•using the same cup pour a cup full of milk in the saucepan and keep simmering for about 10 minutes on a low heat

• next add 1 clove, 2 green cardamom pods, (give the pods a slight squeeze with your fingers so they open up a bit) a piece of cinnamon, (about 2cm) or if you've got ground cinnamon lying around a quarter of a tsp will do

• leave to simmer on a low heat till its darkened slightly in colour and its reduced by about half

• use a tea strainer to pour into your cup, that way you won't be having a fight picking the spices out ! So there you have it "one chai latte to go" (said in best barista voice possible)

**you can experiment and adjust the spices to your liking.. I love cinnamon so I always add a bit extra. I've even been known to leave a piece in my mug. If you want it stronger as a whole, use slightly less milk or let it simmer for longer **


  1. I've never had one of these but being the tea monster I am I think I should give it a go.

    1. You really should .. It's a real winter Warner especially with the addition of cinnamon .. Let me know how you get on !

  2. Thanks so much for the recipe! Just the idea of chai warms me up in winter - I'll have to try your recipe out once I get my hands on some cardomom (it's not a usual ingredient in Italian cooking so I have to find chinese or middle eastern stores). Hope you're having a lovely week : D

    1. You're welcome Sarita. I do make it without the cardamom sometimes- add extra cinnamon instead =D

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