4x4 Darjeeling Chai Recipe

4x4 Darjeeling Chai


  • 500ml Water
  • 250ml Whole Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Darjeeling tea leaves (or to taste)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 4 Cloves
  • 4 Whole Cardamom Pods
  • 4 Black Peppercorns
  • 4 teaspoons of sugar
  • Ginger (optional)

How to make 4x4 Darjeeling Chai

This spicy, creamy Chai is dead easy and only takes a few minutes to make. The flavours are beautifully simple but the result is a rich and deep flavour that seems so much more complex. Kind of like an intricate tapestry woven out of only 4 colours... that only takes 5 minutes to weave... Yes, almost exactly like that.

It's delicious in the mornings but I also enjoy a cup or two after dinner as a sweet and relaxing end to a day.

  1. Take a small saucepan and boil the water. Add in the tea leaves and leave to for a few minutes.

  2. Add in the sugar and spices and boil for a few more minutes until reduced by about half. Pour in the milk and warm through to drinking temperature.

  3. Strain into a pot and serve.

It's really that simple.

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    dude. I missed you.

  • dubow
    dubow says

    oo i am sipping chai as i type this! except mine is the lazy 1x1 variety.. 1 tea bag, a mug of hot water, dash of milk, a minute or so. done! :D

  • Kimmy
    Kimmy says

    Oh I love drinking freshly brewed chai (oh how it brings me back to my uni days...) - and none of that chai latte crap they currently have on market. I'm going to try this!!! thanks

  • azad
    azad says

    Love it man. Thanks for sharing.

  • lovedenise
    lovedenise says

    Just tried this out. It's really soothing to the heart (:

  • ishyJ
    ishyJ says

    fantastic chai--exactly what I use for a masala chai-the ginger really makes it special. I make the liquor, strian it and store in fridge so that when ready for tea just warm up with some milk and all ready!

  • theory
    theory says

    I never thought of doing that, but it's such a brilliant idea I am going to do it tonight when I get home!

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