Chai

In Hindi, "chai" literally translates to "tea"—so don't order a "chai tea" in India unless you want a "tea tea"; just say chai. In the US, chai has become known as the spiced tea that contains satisfying notes of cinnamon and cardamom, but in India that's how all tea is prepared. Though chai can vary slightly from region to region, or based on personal preference, the basic ingredients are always the same: tea, milk, spices and sweetener. It's easy to make your own cup at home by following the recipe in Food & Wine's guide.

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Lemongrass Chai with Ginger and Mint
League of Kitchens instructor Yamini Joshi's lemongrass chai is energizing and restorative, with fresh ginger, fresh mint, and green cardamom. It's a lovely way to start the day or to enjoy for an afternoon pick-me-up. The recipe makes enough for two, unless you find one cup of tea is never quite enough. In that case, you may want to keep it all for yourself—or make a double batch. Because the tea is strained, there is no need to peel the fresh ginger before grating. 
Chai Spice Recipes
In the U.S., chai has become know as the tea flavor that incorporates satisfying notes of cinnamon and cardamom, but, in India, that's how all tea is prepared. Though chai can vary slightly from region to region—or based on personal preference—the basic ingredients are always the same: tea, milk, spices and sweetener. It's easy to make your own cup at home, but we also love to use this fragrant tea in sweet desserts and savory entrees. Here, our best recipes featuring chai.
What Is Chai and How to Make It
When you are saying "chai tea," you are basically saying, "tea tea."
Rooibus Chai
Rooibus chai leaves, which are grown in South Africa, resemble tea leaves but come from a different plant and don't have any tannins. They have recently made an appearance on store shelves here. You can substitute black tea in this recipe; add it during the last 5 minutes of simmering. More Brunch Recipes
Chai Latte
Tornado Steak House • Madison, WIGeneral manager Mel Trudeau and bar manager Rick Vanderheite infuse vodka and other spirits with fruit, herbs and spices to create seasonal cocktails like this wintry variation on a White Russian.Plus: Ultimate Cocktail Guide
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