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Video: Homemade Chai Latte Just Like At Starbucks - The Recipe Revealed
2023 Author: Lynn Laird | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 21:10
During cold winter days and nights, everyone enjoys warm comforting drinks. The latest trends inspired by social networks worship vaporous liquids made from animal or vegetable milk such as Dalgona coffee, mushroom coffee, blue latte, pink latte and keto chocolate. Today, we present to you our new favorite, the aroma of which leaves no one indifferent - Indian chai latte. Keep reading to find out how to prepare this elixir at home!
What is chai latte and what is the best recipe to enjoy it?
One thing's for sure, you'll never want to go back to store-bought tea after tasting this! Chai latte, also called chai masala, is a spicy tea drink common in India. Masala refers to a mixture of spices used in cooking. The word "chaï" translates to "tea". That is why, it is therefore incorrect to say "chai tea". Much like the word curry, a westernized reduction of a complex blend of Indian seasonings, the American concept of chai was popularized by the Starbucks coffee chain in the 1990s.
In reality, there are no universal chai spices that everyone uses but you can taste overlapping flavors like cardamom, ginger, star anise, cloves, and cinnamon. Of course, you can create your own combination of spices to suit your taste.
You will be surprised how much a cup of chai latte gives you the feeling of comfort and relaxation. One sip is the equivalent of putting on a fluffy sweater and curling up in front of a blazing fireplace! In addition, the cup of frothed milk tea looks like it is brewed in a famous cafe. Did that make your mouth water?
Some tips for making a super delicious chai latte
1. Indian black tea is the best tea to use in a chai latte recipe. Assam tea with its strong and full-bodied flavor is excellent because it can resist spices.
2. Whole but not ground spices have a richer flavor depth.
3. Whip the milk using a manual milk frother to obtain a dense and appetizing foam.
4. Chai concentrate can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for making frozen drinks in the summer.
5. It's always best to use loose tea, but you might as well use tea bags instead. Instead of 2 tablespoons of loose tea, put 4-6 sachets.
6. Personalize your cup of tea for better taste!
Chaï latte recipe from A to Z
- Assam black tea
- spices: cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, whole cloves, star anise, black peppercorns, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cinnamon
- vanilla extract
- brown sugar
- milk (any type)
- heavy cream
- filtered water
1. Make chai concentrate
Crush or chop the star anise, cloves and cardamom pods into small pieces for the flavors to be better infused. In a saucepan, add all the ingredients except the vanilla extract.
Use filtered water if possible as this will make your drink even more delicious. Over low heat, simmer the tea and spices. Stir occasionally. Filter the tea and solid spices through a mesh strainer. Add the vanilla extract.
2. Heat the milk
Simmer the milk on the stove. When you see small bubbles forming along the edges, remove from the heat. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't boil.
The most important part of a vanilla chai latte is frothing the milk! You will need a little technique and equipment to get the perfect lather. By the way, the best milk for a milk tea is 2%. However, use whole milk if you like richer preparations.
So, heat the milk to 150 degrees. The temperature is essential to obtain an impeccable foam. Use a food thermometer for best results. Otherwise, wait until the milk is warm to the touch and small bubbles start to form on the outside, but it has not yet simmered. At this point, use a hand-held frother or simply whip the milk vigorously with a kitchen whisk.
3. Make whipped cream
There are several ways to make whipped cream and the easiest is to use a manual milk frother to blend the heavy cream and sugar together. You will also need a large container to avoid causing damage. The best cream is with soft peaks and not too steep so that it sits better on the chai latte, spreading over the top.
4. Assemble the drink
This recipe makes 4 servings, so divide each part (chai concentrate, milk and whipped cream) into 4 cups. Start by pouring in half a cup of chai concentrate. Then add the hot milk, leaving room for the foam. Pour in the whipped cream. Optional: garnish with ground cinnamon.
Sweeteners for this recipe
If you're used to super sugary drinks from Starbucks, you can add a little more sweetener ahead of time. The healthy version, however, includes maple or agave syrup.