This authentic Chai Latte recipe comes from famed Indian restaurant, Botiwalla in Atlanta. Anti-inflammatory, chockfull of antioxidants and super creamy and decadent, this healthy chai tea latte is the perfect example of good and good for you! No processed concentrate, homemade, spicy and delicious!
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So there's this Indian restaurant in Atlanta and I probably eat there at least once a week (which I can't say for any other restaurant in the history of ever).
Despite the fact that it's super affordable, it's actually the #1 place I spend money on food (after the grocery store). It's a full-on addiction at this point.
So hi, I'm Kate and I'm addicted to Botiwalla. Give me their lamb burgers, masala potatoes and a chai latte or give me death. It's that good!
After I realized how out-of-control this little habit of mine was getting, I decided to email the owner, a friend of mine who is featured in my cookbook.
I explained my predicament and flat out begged him to share his recipe for his Chai latte with me. It's the creamiest, most flavorful, delicious, spicy and yet smooth Chai latte I've ever had and I needed the recipe, lest I go bankrupt.
He understood, and now here we are.
How to Make an Authentic Chai Latte
Of course, I couldn't just keep this recipe to myself. I knew I had to share it with y'all. And while I would normally try to put a healthy twist on a restaurant recipe, this particular recipe doesn't need it.
This authentic Chai Latte recipe is already full of anti-inflammatory spices like cardamom and ginger, antioxidant-laden, heart-healthy black tea, and creamy whole milk.
Wait, what? Whole milk is healthy?
Um, yeah! Did you know that high-quality dairy lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and being overweight or obese, increases levels of brain- and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids, contains gut-friendly probiotics and is a good source of calcium, potassium and protein? (source)
If you're dairy-free, you can always swap in a high-quality nut milk or coconut milk. But whatever you do, please, oh please, don't use Skim milk.
That is not milk!!
Admittedly, I did make two minor changes to Botiwalla's recipe.
Chef and owner, Meherwan Irani, calls for real sugar. And I did use real sugar–in fact, I used the purest form of sugar I could: organic, raw coconut sugar.
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If you want to make any other flavor adjustments, here are some tips from chef Irani:
- In the winter, go heavy on the ginger. In the summer, add more cardamom.
- For a variation try adding a couple of crushed fresh mint leaves.
- Irani's mom also adds lemongrass. She dries the leaves and then steeps a few cut pieces while it’s boiling.
I also love adding cinnamon to my Chai tea latte!
What is Chai Tea?
Chai tea itself is simply black tea brewed with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs.
The type of black tea you choose, is key, says Irani.
“To get that robust chai flavor you have to use a particular style of loose black Indian tea, called CTC, which stands for cut, tear, curl. The best labels are Waagh Bakri, Tata Gold, and Brooke Bond Red Label.”
Since Botiwalla uses Waagh Bakri, I went that route, too. I found it on Amazon for super cheap, and Irani promised me it would last forever!
You can also find black CTC tea at most Indian grocery stores.
If you try this authentic Chai Latte recipe, be sure to share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel on social media–I’d LOVE to see how it turned out for you!
Chai Latte Recipe
- To a medium saucepan, add fresh ginger and cardamom pods. Smash well. Add 1.25 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
- Add black tea. Let boil for 30 seconds.
- Add milk and bring to a boil, watching closely so as not to overflow. As soon as the mixture starts rising, cut the heat.
- Let the mixture settle and bring to a second boil, watching closely so as not to overflow. As soon as the mixture starts rising, cut the heat.
- Let the mixture settle and bring to a third boil, watching closely so as not to overflow. As soon as the mixture starts rising, cut the heat.
- Add collagen peptides and sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Pour mixture into two mugs, using a strainer to ensure no tea, ginger or spices get mixed in. Serve and enjoy!
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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