'chai' on Serious Eats

Chai Chess Pie

Strikingly dark and delicious, this sweet and spicy First Prize pie uses the complex flavors of chai tea to flavor an otherwise simple chess pie. A plain crust serves to highlight the filling, and big fat dollops of fresh whipped cream are encouraged. More

Scooped: Chai Ice Cream

This ice cream is an attempt to recreate the Chai flavor profile in a new form, and if you're a fan of boldly flavored Indian chai, it will do you right. Black pepper, star anise, and ginger come through most of all, bolstered by a backbone of strong black tea. More

Spot of Tea: Choice Organic Masala Chai

My favorite chai is steeped loose, with whole spices, but at my desk in the morning, I often reach for the easy way out. This blend from Choice Organic teas smells so amazing that I don't feel bad at all: sweet ginger, cinnamon, and clove waft up like freshly baked gingerbread. More

Spot of Tea: Republic of Tea Holiday Spiced Plum

If you're a green tea lover with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, you'll enjoy this seasonal offering from Republic of Tea. This subtly spiced tea makes for a nice change from standard chai—the smooth green tea is just delicately laced with cinnamon and plum. (The flavoring, they promise, is 'all natural.') More

How to Make Your Own Masala Chai

The spices that make up traditional masala chai usually include some combination of five basic spices: cardamom, ginger, clove, black pepper, and cinnamon. Other spices and flavorings may include anise, fennel, nutmeg, vanilla, coriander, allspice, bay leaves—you get the idea. Some people really empty out the whole spice rack here. More

Masala Chai

You can adjust this chai recipe to your own personal taste and preference. The ratio of milk to water (or indeed, choice to use cow's milk at all) is perhaps the biggest variable, followed by choice and amount of sweetener. Start with an easy recipe like this, and then adjust to emphasize the qualities you like best in your masala chai. More

Spot of Tea: Numi Holiday Chai

I'm not in favor of holiday creep, but this spiced-up Assam tea has such a delicious winter-appropriate aroma that I'm almost feeling ready to deck the halls. Cinnamon, ginger, anise, and cardamom come together with brisk, malty tea flavors for a spicy, eye-opening cup. More

Sugar Rush: Chai Zing at Recess

In the space formerly occupied by not-so-great Thai restaurant Spice has opened Recess. The cafe offers abundant seating, glass windows facing out onto University Place, air conditioning on full blast during these hot weeks, and fro-yo on the menu.... More

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