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Chai tea is a beloved drink that typically consists of black tea with spices such as cloves, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. What much of the western world considers “chai tea” is actually considered masala chai, which is very popular in South Asia. The word “chai” is the Hindu word for “tea,” which comes from the Chinese word for tea. So when you say “chai tea,” you’re really saying “tea tea.” In honor of this flavorsome and welcoming blend of spices, here are 8 of the best recipes that use chai.
A classic autumn and fall staple, this easy chai latte recipe is the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. You can make this drink with black tea to get an extra boost of energy, or you can forego the tea and just use milk for a caffeine-free bedtime treat. You can also serve it hot, iced or frozen according to your mood and the weather.
A regular white Russian typically consists of vodka, Kahlúa and cream. To give it an extra shot of flavor, you can add chai tea and chai tea syrup as this recipe by Tieghan on Half-Baked Harvest shows. You can use store-bought chai tea syrup or make the homemade recipe that the recipe provides. The end result is a cozy, flavorful cocktail that is perfect for sitting around the fire during the cold months.
To take a beloved autumn staple like the apple crisp to the next level, add the traditional chai spices to your dessert. Apples that are good for baking, such as Granny Smith or Cortland, are recommended to achieve the best texture for your apple crisp. You can find an easy chai apple crisp recipe here by Jess Larson.
This chai cookie recipe consists of two parts – spiced sugar and cookie dough. Both components require a lot of classic chai spices, but the result is a very flavorful and deliciously chewy batch of cookies. It calls for brown sugar to give it a particularly rich flavor as well.
For a no fuss dessert that only takes 20 minutes, try these chai cheesecake bars from the Cookilicious blog. It only requires a few ingredients like cream cheese, biscuits and masala chai. The end product is a tangy and creamy sweet treat that has a polished presentation.
If you’re looking for a healthier treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, this chai-spiced granola is a delicious option. It requires many ingredients, but it can be made in large batches and stored for a long time. It has a spicy and mildly sweet flavor, and it pairs well with yogurt, in oatmeal or in an acai bowl.
This butter chicken is an authentic Indian curry recipe that uses chai spices like cardamom, cinnamon and cloves along with heavy cream and onions. It can be served with rice or garlic naan to sop up the tasty curry sauce. Leftovers might be even tastier as everything has more time to marinate, and you can snack on leftovers for up to 5 days when it’s stored in the fridge.
Chai and vegetables might seem like an odd pairing, but the touch of chai in this recipe gives it just an extra hint of flavor that really makes the dish more enjoyable, especially for those who might dislike a lot of vegetables. It calls for brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower and cheddar cheese and it takes roughly one hour to make.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to break out that chai spice mix and start dishing out these tasty recipes!
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