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  • Writer's pictureSharanya Raghunath

Warm Spiced Chai

If you grew up in an Indian household, you had a morning chai routine. It is one the most personalized traditions and everyone makes their chai a little different. In our house, the hubs makes chai 95% of the time. His chai is simple, consistent, and very ritualistic. The 5% of the time I make chai, it’s spicy, creative, and ever changing. Just to get a little deeper, this also describes our personalities.

Today, I want to bring you the deviated chai recipe in our household.


1-2 Tbs of loose leaf tea (Orange Peakoe or English Breakfast, feel free to use caffeine free)

3/4 C of water

1/2 C of Whole milk or Oat Milk

1-2 Tsp of Sugar or Honey


4-5 peppercorns

1 inch cinnamon stick

4 cardamom pods

3-4 whole cloves

1/2 Tsp of ginger powder

Freshly grated nutmeg to garnish


  1. In a saucepan, add the water, tea, and spices at medium heat.

  2. Once the tea starts to boil, let it continue boiling for 1 min.

  3. Turn the heat to simmer for 2-3 mins.

  4. In the meantime, warm up your milk and set it aside.

  5. Drain the tea into a cup and add your steamed milk. Add the sweeter of your choice and voila!

Comment below and tell me about your tea/coffee/lemon water routine!

If you make this chai, share a photo on Instagram and use the #boredscientistcooks.

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