There are a few different types of Chai Latte Recipe that you can try at home. The reason for the variations is that Chai Latte is not really strictly defined. People call a lot of different things Chai Latte, and so there are different types of chai latte recipe.
What the coffee houses did, basically, was to use the steamed milk that they would use for a regular café latte, but instead of adding a shot of espresso, however, they used chai tea concentrate.(Technically, this is really a macchiato, however, since a macchiato is made by adding espresso to steamed milk. A café latte, on the other hand, is made by adding steamed milk to espresso.)
In any case, technicalities aside, this can be seen as the "authentic" Chai Latte Recipe.
But, if you want to be true to the café latte origins, then you should really make the chai tea first and then add the steamed milk later, like in an authentic café latte. In fact, this is what other people have done, thereby "correcting" many coffee houses.
In this Chai Tea Latte Recipe, you make regular Masala Chai Tea (like with my Chai Tea Recipe), and then add a nice layer of steamed, frothy milk on top, which you can also sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon if you wish.
Whatever way you make it, however, it is really the soft, frothy, foamy texture of the steamed milk that adds the great flavour to the Chai Latte Recipe.
And to be clear: steamed milk is not just hot or boiled milk. Steamed milk is frothy and foamy, and this is because proper steamed milk it has air bubbles incorporated into it. These bubbles improve the taste of the milk and actually make the milk sweeter. In addition, the texture is greatly changed — and improved — as well, to be light and airy. So the steamed milk is a crucial ingredient in a proper Chai Latte Recipe.
For simplicity's sake, however, there are people that simply add hot (not steamed, or frothed) milk to Chai Tea Concentrate and call that a Chai Latte Recipe. This is because they don't have the proper kitchen equipment to make steamed milk.
But you don't really have to live without frothy hot milk, evevn if you don't have an espresso machine. (However, you can click here for links to the Best-Selling espresso machine models if you want to get one, though.)
A great, affordable alternative to an espresso machine is the Capresso frothPRO, which gives you hot, frothy milk without the expense of an authentic espresso machine. You can use it for Chai Tea Latte, hot chocolate, or other drinks that use steamed milk.
Click on the video below to watch a demonstration of how it works (it basically spins round and round for a couple of minutes, making the bubble that way). And click on the picture to get one for yourself:
The simplest method, however, is to use Chai Tea Concentrate and milk. You basically heat your desired quantity of milk (say 1/2 cup or 1 cup), and then add in an equivalent amount of Chai Tea Concentrate. You can see how simple it is by watching the video below.
You can click on the links below to get your preferred Chai Tea Concentrate as mentioned in the video. (In case you didn't know, Tazo is the brand that Starbuck's uses.)
A more home-made Chai Tea Latte Recipe, if you don't have (or want) and espresso machine, is to simply add Vanilla Creamer to a standard Chai Tea Recipe, and then add whip cream and sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top, as in the video below. Bascially, the Vanilla flavour simulates the natural sweetness of the frothed milk, and the whipped cream simulates the texture. So it is a sort of "ersatz" Chai Tea Latte. It still tastes good, however. Just not authentic, that's all.
If you would like to explore more, the following links on this website may also be of interest to you:
- Chai Tea Latte (a list of instant Chai Latte powders, and tea pods to be used in various Brewing Machines for the office or home)
- Chai tea concentrate(to use with your espresso machine)
- Masala Chai (traditional Indian spiced tea)
- Chai Tea Recipe (my recipe for Masala Chai)
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