Chai is a Hindi word that means “tea,” and is derived from the Mandarin word for tea, cha. In India, “chai” is used to refer to any variety of tea…so why then, in North America, do we associate the term specifically with the spicy, milky popular beverage? What Americans label as chai, this specialty tea is known as Masala Chai, which means spiced tea in Hindi.
Chai often contains a strong black tea, such as Darjeeling or Assam. However, green teas and red teas may also be used to make chai
Spices such as cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and peppercorns are common in chai. Star anise, fennel, nutmeg, vanilla, and other imperial spices make up specialty blends.
Milk is added to Chai to give it a creamy texture. You may add the milk of your choice.
Honey, sugar, or sweetener are added to chai to give it sweetness.