Stovetop Chai Latté

Total Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes 2 large mugs or 4 small cups

photo by Renee Kohlman


6 whole cardamom pods

10 whole cloves

6 black peppercorns

1 whole star anise

2 cinnamon sticks

4 cm piece fresh ginger, sliced

2 slices of fresh turmeric or a generous pinch of ground turmeric

2 cups (480 mL) whole milk

4 bags of good quality black tea (preferably Darjeeling)

brown sugar or honey (to sweeten to taste)


  1. Place cardamom, cloves, peppercorns and star anise in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a heavy skillet. Alternatively place these spices in a mortar and grind with a pestle, just until spices are bruised.
  2. Place these in a saucepan along with cinnamon sticks, ginger, turmeric, milk and 2 cups (480 mL) water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low, partially cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add tea bags, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain into cups and sweeten to taste. Sip and discover true happiness.

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