Chai Tea

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. 
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
Masala Chai
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This warming beverage is easy to prepare by steeping spices in hot water and milk before adding black tea. It's not as milky as the chai often sold at American coffee bars; to make it richer, add more milk and sugar to taste. What Is Chai and How to Make It
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