Spiced Chai Latte

spiced chai latteMadhu Gadia, MS, RD, CDE

Chai brewed tea with milk or milk alternatives and sugar—originated in India. It is well known to most Americans today as it gained popularity in the coffee shops. In India, Chai is a matter of personal taste and preference, just as coffee is to coffee lovers. Some like it plain, while others prefer it with spices (Masala-Chai). A Chai latte is created with a wonderful blend of Chai an extra milk or milk alternative.

Ingredients:

Yield: 8 – 1 cup servings

  • 5 cups Water
  • 6 Cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger, grated
  • 1/2 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Whole cloves
  • 8 Tea bags* (or 3 Tbsp tea leaves) – black tea such as Lipton® or English  breakfast
  • 4 cups Milk* (or soymilk)
  • ½ cup Sugar, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a 4 quart saucepan add water, cardamom pods, ginger, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Bring to boil on high heat. Add tea bags, reduce heat, and simmer for about 4 minutes.
  2. Add milk and sugar and return to boil. Remove from heat. Cover with lid and let steep for about 2 minutes, remove tea bags and strain tea into cups or teapot. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information: (1 cup tea w/2% milk)

Calories: 111; Total Fat: 2 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 10 mg; Sodium: 58 mg; Carbohydrates: 19 g; Fiber: 0 g; Sugar: 18 g; Vitamin A: 2% DV; Vitamin C: 0% DV; Calcium: 15% DV; Iron: 0% DV

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