Classic chai tea

This recipe for chai tea is gently spiced with warming cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to create a truly comforting drink that's hot, creamy and wonderfully fragrant

  • 5 mins cooking
  • Serves 2
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  • 1 cup water
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon loose-leaf ceylon tea
  • 2 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • ground cinnamon, to serve


  • 1
    Bring the water, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom, peppercorns, tea and sugar to the boil in a small saucepan on high. Set aside for 5 minutes to brew.
  • 2
    Strain. Discard the solids. Place the tea in a clean saucepan with milk. Bring to a simmer. Divide among the serving glasses. Top with ground cinnamon.

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