Charlie’s Chai

Charlie's ChaiI call this tasty drink “Charlie’s” Chai named after my former staff photographer. Charlie’s face lit up when I offer to prepare a batch during a long day of shooting.

Chai is a hot tea beverage that comes from India, deliciously sweet and spicy. Its rich flavor is a great substitute for coffee addicts trying to kick the habit! If you want to have a cup each morning, brew triple the batch and store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week.

Serves 2

Charlie’s Chai

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups

Calories per serving: 149 calories

Fat per serving: 0g fat (0 g saturated)

Charlie’s Chai


  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or sugar in the raw
  • 1 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, washed and thinly sliced
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 3 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons loose black tea, like English breakfast or Irish breakfast
  • 2 cups non-fat, skim milk


  • In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, ginger, peppercorns, and cardamom pods to a boil. Stir in tea and milk and bring to a near boil. Strain and serve in coffee mugs.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 1/4 cup): 149 calories, 9 g protein, 26 g carbohydrates, 0g fat (0 g saturated), 4 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 145 mg sodium.

Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 2

Make It A Meal: The recipe featured above goes nicely with Charlie's Chai.


  1. chai actually means tea. its a literal translation. I don't think storing it is a good idea at all. It may trigger acidity and also it should not be had in warmer climates since it is very "heaty". You will also get better results if you use more water and less milk. Milk tends to makes chai lose flavor.

Speak Your Mind