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Easy Homemade Crockpot Chai Tea Recipe

Did you know that a traditional Indian Crockpot Chai Tea Recipe is one of the best ways to boost immune function? This is one of the best healthy drink recipes you can have when you aren’t feeling well.

Crockpot Chai Tea Recipe

Homemade Crockpot Chai Tea Recipe

Chai means tea in Indian, so when we say chai tea we are saying “tea tea” but many people don’t realize this so in some instances in this post I will still refer to it as “chai tea.” It’s more appropriate to refer to it as “masala chai.”

Not only is masala chai delicious, but when you simmer your own at home using simple, whole spices from your kitchen, you’ll be delivering important nutrients to help the body heal when you are feeling ill by making this Crockpot Chai Tea Recipe.

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Let’s explore the healing benefits of some common, kitchen spices:

Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, stimulating, helps the body process sugar more efficiently, and contains many more beneficial properties. Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants. It helps your body fight infections and repair tissue damage and it has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections.

Clove is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiviral, and analgesic which means it relieves pain, anti-oxidant, and benefits the body in many other ways like with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Black pepper is anti-inflammatory and helps maintain a healthy blood sugar, may lower cholesterol, and is known to boost the efficacy of other spices. 

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Cardamom is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, diuretic, and aids digestion. Research shows that cardamom extracts and essential oils have compounds that fight several common strains of bacteria. The aromatic spice also contains vitamin C and other essential nutrients.

Ginger is anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, eases digestion, lowers blood sugar, eases nausea, and much more.

Nutmeg is anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, mood-boosting, lowers blood sugar, and offers other healing benefits. Studies show that nutmeg has antibacterial effects against potentially harmful bacteria, including E.coli and Streptococcus mutans. It also contains the antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals that cause stress that in turn contributes to illness.

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Crockpot Chai Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 5 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 8 black tea bags
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey
  • milk, lactaid or almond milk
  • cheesecloth or tea ball

Directions

  1. Measure 2 cups of the water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags from the pot and pour the tea into a 6-quart crockpot with the rest of the water.
  3. Use the flat side of a large knife to crack open the cardamom pods and slice the ginger into thin slices.
  4. Add the cardamom pods and seeds, ginger, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and cloves to the water in cheesecloth or a tea ball. If using a tea ball for the spices place all of the spices except the cinnamon sticks into the tea ball.
  5. If using a Crock-Pot, heat on high for 2 hours or low for up to 8 hours.
  6. Strain finished chai concentrate.
  7. Enjoy hot or cold by mixing equal parts warm or cold chai with warmed or cold milk. Top with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream!

**Note: Do not let the water continue to boil when brewing tea, as this will burn the black tea. Add honey and milk to your liking and enjoy.

Crockpot Chai Tea

Crockpot Chai Tea

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 5 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 8 black tea bags
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons honey
  • milk, lactaid or almond milk
  • cheesecloth or tea ball

Instructions

    1. Measure 2 cups of the water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes.
    2. Remove the tea bags from the pot and pour the tea into a 6-quart crockpot with the rest of the water.
    3. Use the flat side of a large knife to crack open the cardamom pods and slice the ginger into thin slices.
    4. Add the cardamom pods and seeds, ginger, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and cloves to the water in cheesecloth or a tea ball. If using a tea ball for the spices place all of the spices except the cinnamon sticks into the tea ball.
    5. If using a Crock-Pot, heat on high for 2 hours or low for up to 8 hours.
    6. Strain finished chai concentrate.
    7. Enjoy hot or cold by mixing equal parts warm or cold chai with warmed or cold milk. Top with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream!

Notes

Do not let the water continue to boil when brewing tea, as this will burn the black tea. Add honey and milk to your liking and enjoy.

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Use Chai Spice Mixture as Immune Booster

To use the spice liquid as an immune booster in recipes, keep the black tea, milk and honey out of your brew. Instead, save the liquid in a jar and refrigerate for individual use.

Add your chai brew to any of the following, to promote good health:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk: cold or warm
  • Yogurt smoothies
  • Desserts, such as baked apples, stewed pears or warm peaches 

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References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/nutmeg-benefits

RICHELLA J PARHAM

Thursday 10th of February 2022

I LOVE chai, but I've never made it homemade before! Thank you for the recipe; I've pinned it to my Beverage Recipe board.

Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

Lynne

Friday 4th of February 2022

Yum! This looks like a delicious and healthy warm winter drink! Thank you so much for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

Katie

Friday 4th of February 2022

This recipe looks really yummy and much more convenient than driving to Starbucks lol. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your feature at Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #413!

NancyC

Friday 4th of February 2022

I love Chai Tea--this sounds great! Visiting from Farmhouse Friday!

kim

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

After re-reading the recipe multiple times, I'm guessing the 8 teabags go into the 2 cups of water in step 1 since you say to steep and then, in step 2, take them out. Do they go in before you boil or after you boil?

Vicki

Monday 7th of February 2022

Hi Kim! Yes, absolutely! The 8 tea bags go into the 2 cups of water after it has boiled and you have removed it from the heat. Sorry about that! I fixed the error in the post. Thanks for letting me know.

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