The Perfect Cup Of Chai

chai recipe title

               As you can tell from the title of my blog, chai is a pretty big part of my life. I’m not a chai connoisseur or anything (Oolong and Rooibos are not part of my vocabulary).

I just like my simple,creamy, hug in a cup chai.
Chai is essentially a concoction of tea bags, water and usually some sort of dairy. The chai I make is often referred to as ‘pakki wee chai’ or ‘dood patti’ amongst the South Asians.

There are many ways to make ‘chai’ but this is the perfect way to make chai
LOL. its my blog I can say stuff like that!
..OK fine it’s Sahar’s perfect cup of chai.

Just remember the following few words; HALF, HOT, QUICK.

You’ll do just fine.
Half: my chai recipe consists of half water, half milk
Hot: the entire chai process should be made on high heat
Quick: you should have the ingredients on hand and be able to move from one step to the next without delay.


Repeat after me:

HALF.         HOT.       QUICK.

water, tea bags,milk, ladle

The Perfect Cup of Chai
Makes 2 servings (2 large mugs of chai):
1 cup of water ( approximately 350 ml)
1 cup of 2% *milk (approximately 350 ml)
2 tea bags
1. In a medium sized pot, bring the water to a rolling boil on HIGH heat. Cover with a lid if you want to make it boil faster.
2. Add your tea bags (we use either Tetley tea bags or Red Rose tea bags) and let them boil for 20 seconds . You may have to lift the pot and swoosh it around a bit so that the tea bags are fully immersed in the water. The water should be a beautiful mahogany colour by now.

step 2

steep tea bags until mahogany colour

3 .QUICKLY add 1 cup of milk (see notes at end of post)*
4. Bring your chai to a boil and quickly remove from heat to avoid spilling over.Place pot on a trivet. Turn off stove.
5.  Bring the pot back to the hot stove and bring to boil again. The heat from the off stove is enough to bring the chai to a boil without over cooking it. Return the pot to the trivet until the chai decompresses.  Repeat one more time. It should be the colour of peanut butter

Chai should be a peanut butter colour

Chai should be a peanut butter colour

6.  Using a ladle and a spoon quickly remove the tea bags from the pot. Squeeze out all the liquid from the tea bags- this will add more colour to your chai. Discard tea bags.
7.  Use the ladle to pour the chai in to the mugs.
TIP: regardless of whether or not you will drink the chai right away , you should remove the chai from the pot- otherwise you will end up with a metallic taste.

Wash pot while still hot

Wash pot while still hot

TIP; Wash your pot RIGHT AWAY. If you wash your pot right now it will be wayyyyyy easier than washing it later. Since the pot is still hot, the dirt pretty much melts off as you scrub it in warm soapy water. You’ll thank me later 😛

*if you prefer a creamier chai, substitute 2% milk with Homogenized milk

** I wouldn’t recommend covering the pot at this stage/Step three  (unless you’re willing to watch over it diligently) because it can boil over and really ruin your chai experience. Boiled over chai is  difficult to clean-and it makes the house stinky too.


* you can add green cardamom (1 per person) at Step One for a richer taste (I prefer my chai simple- but I know many people love the hint of cardamom)

* you can add a clove at the bottom of your cup before pouring in the chai for a spiced chai taste

There you have it! The recipe for The Perfect Cup of Tea!


18 Comments on The Perfect Cup Of Chai

  1. Kulz
    April 7, 2015 at 10:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! The sight of the boiled chai at the end is just so beautiful!

    • Sahar
      April 10, 2015 at 4:37 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re most welcome Kulz!
      Thank you 🙂

  2. Maleeha
    April 7, 2015 at 11:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Now I know the secret! I always left my bags in too long. Do you think cooking it with sugasugar makes a difference?

    • Sahar
      April 10, 2015 at 4:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Maleeha,
      yes that is a cardinal chai sin! The chai develops a pungent bitter taste if you do that.
      Glad you it with sugar is ideal if all the chai drinkers take sugar..sometimes when you add sugar separately it gathers at the bottom and doesn’t dissolve evenly like it would if added while cooking.
      Thanx for stopping by!

  3. Ibrahim
    April 8, 2015 at 1:14 am (3 years ago)

    Very well written and descriptive. Making the perfect cup of chai is truly an art and can only be mastered over time.

    • Anisa
      April 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm (3 years ago)

      I agree!

      • Sahar
        April 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

        Thanx Anisa!

    • Sahar
      April 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you very much Ibrahim…hmm someone sounds like a chai expert!
      Thanx for stopping by

  4. maheenhasni
    April 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Loved this blog post! I’m craving some chai now 🙂

    • Sahar
      April 10, 2015 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you!
      Same here- chai is the perfect antidote to this chilly weather

    • Sahar
      April 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm (3 years ago)

      yes..alas …it is for my dear readers..enjoy!

  5. MaryTan
    April 9, 2015 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Gonna go make me a yummy cup of chai! wish you were here to share it with, some chai with Sahar and some gup shup. Here’s another variation, throwing in a small piece of cinnamon (because ya know, I can’t do the cardamon or clove).

    • Sahar
      April 10, 2015 at 4:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi MaryTan,
      mmm cinnamon- tastes yum & does the body good! thanx for the idea.

  6. Faiza
    April 11, 2015 at 7:50 am (3 years ago)

    Assalam alaikum sahar! Naila told me you were passionate about your chai… But I didnt know the passion was at this level! Interesting blog Sahar! Enjoyed reading the post! I love/live for my chai as well haha! Take care!

    • Sahar
      April 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Wa’Alaikum Assalam Faiza!
      Never underestimate my passion for chai 🙂
      Thanx for stopping by!

  7. Farha
    June 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    1) I love your website! It’s reassuring to finally come across a North American Muslim blogger!
    2) I make my chair very traditional w/ the loose leaf tea. My husband likes the hint of cardamom and Ginger.
    Thank you!

    • Sahar
      June 25, 2015 at 7:14 am (2 years ago)

      Salaamz Farha!
      1) Thank you so much!! yup..from the GTA.
      2) Loose leaf tea- that’s hardcore! My mom uses that too. It’s excellent to be able to control the amount of caffeine per cup with loose leaf.


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