I recently went to a "Tastefully Simple" home party and had the "Oh My Chai" tea. It was so delicious, but $9 per can which didn't even last me a week. I have tried other powdered chai tea in the grocery store, but none taste like it. I even tried Dunkin' Donuts. Does anyone have a recipe or know of a brand I can buy that's cheaper?
Kim from Howell, NJ
First, here is a recipe I have used many times, and absolutely love don't skip any steps, or ingredients:
In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar, and instant tea. Stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.
To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.
(I buy my cardamom at a bulk foods store, as it is too pricey in the grocery store, but it is essential to this mix.)
That batch will last you a long time.
However, as you can see, the recipe has a lot of sugar. (They all do, unfortunately.)
Something I enjoy as an alternative, with "no" guilt, is the Celestial Seasons "India Spice" Chai Tea bags, with sugar free french vanilla non-dairy creamer powder. It really is a fair substitute, letting me save the more caloric (but yummy) chai mix for special occasions.
I love chai as well, and was discouraged by the price of the powders. But then I discovered Good Earth Vanilla Spice Chai teabags, they are great. I get the best results by putting the teabag in the "filter" part of my coffeepot and running thru about 2 cups of water. Presto! Chai! Then I add sweetener and cream to taste. Much cheaper than the powder. (01/08/2007)
I use Splenda instead of sugar. It costs a lot more, but I love to relax with my Chai tea. I also use low fat version of everything. (01/08/2007)
Natural Chai Tea Recipe
If you're like me and would rather not use fake creamers and artificial ingredients, this may be the chai for you, it's easy to make and I've been drinking it for years. I took the ingredient list from the back if the Chai mix they sell at my local Indian spice store and made their recipe to my liking. Everyone who has tried it just loves it.
* I get my spices in large bottles on sale at Walgreen's or the dollar store and make up the chai spice mix in bulk:
* (the pepper is for zest, this is what the Indian spice mix has in it) *optional
* Put all spices in a glass jar with lid, shake up and store in a dark cool place.
To Make Chai
For cold chai: Fill up a glass with ice cubes and half milk, then add the hot tea with spices and stir. (It's best if you pour the hot chai mix through a strainer so you don't have spices at the bottom of your glass.)
I also love the Oh My Chai, but find it way too expensive. I just tried Bigelow's Vanilla Chai tea bags, and I think they taste almost exactly like Oh My Chai, but you have to add your own sugar (a lot) and milk. It's not quite as creamy, but the taste is amazingly similar. (03/02/2009)
Some call it Chai tea and others call it masala tea or spiced tea. I make my own; so I blend few cinnamon sticks, cardamom, cloves, ginger, fennel and star aniseed. I blend all together and store in an airtight glass bottle. To make the tea I use Five Roses Tea bag and a little boiling water in a small pot for the tea and a 1/2 teaspoon of spice to brew on the stove till its strong, pour a cup of full cream milk till it comes to a boil, then add a teaspoon of full cream milk powder I use Klim and 1 teaspoon of honey or sugar to your taste. (02/04/2010)
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