The Ultimate Guide to Making Chai: Tips and Tricks from Vancouver's Best Chai Cafe - Chai Ghai

Are you a fan of the warm and comforting taste of chai? If so, you're in the right place! Welcome to Chai Ghai, the best authentic Indian chai cafe in Vancouver, located in the heart of Downtown at 562 Granville St.

In this ultimate guide, we'll be sharing our top tips and tricks for making the perfect cup of chai. From the right ingredients to the best techniques, you'll learn everything you need to know to create a delicious and authentic Indian chai right in your own home.

Here's what you'll need to get started!

Ingredients to Make Authentic Chai:

The first step to making the most luxurious and authentic Chai recipe is to start with the highest quality organic ingredients. At Chai Ghai Vancouver, our team of skilled baristas select only the finest organic spices and tea leaves for our Chai recipes. By using only top-notch, organic components, we ensure that our customers can enjoy the freshest, most flavorful Chai every single time. With organic ingredients, you can trust that the Chai you’re drinking is made according to an authentic Indian chai recipe, bringing you the best that Vancouver’s tea house scene has to offer.

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3-4 teaspoons loose leaf black tea (Assam tea is a good choice)
  • 4-5 whole green cardamom pods
  • 4-5 whole cloves
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sugar (optional)

But first, let's talk about why chai has become so popular in Vancouver, and why Chai Ghai is the go-to spot for locals and visitors alike. Vancouver has a rich tea culture, with a diverse and vibrant population that appreciates the warmth and comfort of a good cup of tea. Chai, in particular, has become a favorite among health-conscious foodies in the city, who appreciate its many health benefits.

At Chai Ghai, we take pride in serving the best and most authentic Indian chai in Vancouver. Our cozy atmosphere and friendly staff will make you feel right at home, whether you're stopping by for a quick pick-me-up or settling in for a relaxing afternoon. We offer a wide selection of chai-based drinks, from classic chai tea to spicy masala chai, all made with the freshest ingredients and vibrant colors.

Now, let's dive into the ultimate guide to making chai. Here are our top tips and tricks for creating a perfect cup of chai every time:


    1. Start with the right ingredients: The key to a great cup of chai is using high-quality ingredients. We recommend using black tea, whole milk, fresh ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves.

    2. Steep your tea properly: To make chai, start by boiling water in a pot on medium heat.

    3. Once the water comes to a boil, add the cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and sliced ginger. Allow these spices to boil with the water for a few minutes until the water is fragrant and takes on the color of the spices.

    4. Next, add the loose-leaf black tea to the pot and let it simmer with the spices for another minute or two (or longer if you prefer a stronger flavor.)  stirring occasionally.

    5. At the same time heat up your milk: In a separate pot, until it is warm but not boiling. This will help create a smooth and creamy texture.

    6. Mix your tea and milk: Once your tea has steeped, strain it into your warm milk and stir well. Add sugar or honey to taste.

This recipe should make about 3-4 cups of masala chai. The amount of sugar can be adjusted to taste, and some people also like to add a dash of ground cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor.

Enjoy your homemade authentic Indian masala chai!

Don't Forget

Experiment with different flavors: Chai is a versatile drink that can be customized to suit your tastes. Try adding different spices or sweeteners to create your own signature blend.

For the ultimate indulgence, add the perfect finishing touch to your authentic chai recipe with a touch of honey. The naturally sweet flavor of honey will add a decadent layer of flavor to your homemade chai recipe that is sure to impress anyone who takes a sip. Honey also pairs perfectly with the spices of traditional Indian chai recipes, making it ideal for your Indian-inspired Vancouver chai cafe creations. As Vancouver's premier tea house, Chai Ghai Vancouver can attest to the transformative power honey has for an authentic chai recipe. Follow these tips and tricks for the perfect homemade chai and you'll be sure to delight your family and friends with a delicious and unique Vancouver food and drink experience.

At Chai Ghai, we offer a variety of specialty chai drinks that are sure to satisfy any taste. Our menu includes classic chai, masala chai, turmeric, and even a chai latte for those who prefer a creamy and indulgent treat.

In addition to our delicious chai, we also offer a selection of pastries and snacks that pair perfectly with a warm cup of tea. And if you're in a hurry, we offer takeout and delivery options so you can enjoy our authentic Indian chai wherever you go.

As Vancouver's best chai cafe, we take pride in our role in the city's vibrant tea culture. We hope this ultimate guide has inspired you to try making chai at home, or to come visit us at Chai Ghai for a taste of the real thing. We are dedicated to providing the best authentic Indian chai in Vancouver, and we can't wait to share it with you.

In conclusion, if you're looking for the best chai cafe in Vancouver, look no further than Chai Ghai. With our cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and wide selection of specialty chai drinks, we are the go-to spot for tea lovers in the city. Whether you're a health-conscious foodie or just looking for a comforting and delicious drink, we have something