Slow cooker chai tea

    8 hours 15 min

    Easy version of chai tea, using whole spices and condensed sweetened milk. To vary the flavour, try adding a bit of star anise, fennel, allspice, vanilla bean or nutmeg. For a sweeter tea, stir in a bit of brown sugar.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 3.5L water
    • 15 slices fresh root ginger, peeled
    • 15 green cardamom pods, split open and seeded
    • 25 whole cloves
    • 3 cinnamon sticks
    • 3 whole black peppercorns
    • 8 black tea bags
    • 1 (397g) tin condensed sweetened milk

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Ready in:8hr15min 

    1. Pour water into a slow cooker. Stir in the ginger, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon sticks and peppercorns. Turn to High; simmer for 8 hours.
    2. Steep tea bags in the hot spiced water for 5 minutes. Strain tea into a clean container. Stir in condensed sweetened milk; serve hot.

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    Did this last week and we loved it! Will probably use only 5-6 tea bags next time as it kept us awake!  -  17 Jan 2015


    This was lovely and made the whole house smell great! I subbed 1 tbsp powdered ginger for the fresh and it worked out great. I also subbed 2 c milk and 1 1/4 c sugar for the sweetened condensed milk. This tastes great and is a lot cheaper than these small boxes of chai at the store!  -  27 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great base recipe for Chai that I will use again and again. I intend to make a batch each weekend and store it in the fridge to save on calories (and money) for Chai from the coffee shop! Comparatively, this recipe is pretty low calorie. 90 cal per serving compared to 240 cal for a grande Chai latte at Starbucks. My first batch had a good balance of spices, but was just a little sweet for my family's liking. I think next time I make it, I'll use 3/4 of the sweetened condensed milk rather than the whole can.  -  16 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)