Love chai latte? Love coffee? Dirty chai is for you! Love dirty chai? Want to make your own at home? Super easy, delicious recipe below!
What is dirty chai latte?
If you think dirty chai latte sounds cool – you’re right, it is cool. Dirty chai is the heavenly combination of deliciously spicy masala chai, and a straight-up shot of hot, dark coffee. It’s naughty. It’s nice. It’s the stuff hybrid drinks dreams are made of.
Making a dirty chai is pretty simple and easy – but to make it properly, you’ll want to get your basic ingredients right. The fundamentals are key here. That means delicious, freshly ground or brewed coffee – and authentic chai.
Trust us, if you’re a caffeine addict, you’ll want to try this one. Not only do you get the caffeine from the tea – you get the caffeine from the coffee! That’s right – double caffeine. Unless you make it decaf, of course (PS I do, I can’t handle that much caffeine!!)
Is dirty chai latte healthy?
It’s dirty by name – but it doesn’t have to be dirty by nature. A dirty chai can actually be quite healthy, if you make it the right way. (So what’s the right way, you ask? We’ll get to that.)
Coffee is hotly debated in wellness circles – some people swear it’s good for you, others say it’s the elixir of the devil and should be avoided at all costs. At the end of the day, a little of what yo fancy can’t hurt you. We’re huge advocates of balance and positive relationships with food. Everything you love in moderation, right? If you’re Team Coffee, you’ll be pleased to hear that coffee advocates say it’s great for boosting metabolism and helping with awareness and focus.
The health benefits of chai latte are much lesser known and contested – but they’re much more abundant. Chai latte made in the traditional way (that’s important, so it’s in bold 😉) is super healthy. It’s made with whole spices, and black tea. Each of those spices have their own amazing properties from antibacterial compounds to powerful anti-inflammatory capabilities. If you use plant-based milk your dirty chai gets even more healthy.
How to make dirty chai latte
Dirty chai is super easy and fun to make. This recipe is easy, healthy, vegan, sugar-free and delicious (most importantly!) Ready to make the best dirty chai latte you’ve ever tasted? Let’s begin!
- Aura Chai Original Chai Latte Blend
- Good quality coffee (see notes on this below!)
- Milk (preferably plant-based – more notes on this below!)
- Optional: Flavoured Syrup (vanilla works really well)
1/ Brew your chai first. Add 1 tbsp Aura Chai Original Blend to a jug or pan and top up with 100ml hot water. Leave this to brew while you sort your coffee.
2/ Brew the coffee. If you have a fancy coffee machine, a shot of espresso will do. If you’re using a cafetière/French press, make around 200ml as per the instructions on your coffee.
3/ Warm/froth your milk. Again if you have a frother awesome – if not, simply warm it in a pan.
4/ Now let’s make the magic happen! Pour a shot of coffee into your mug. Then strain over your chai. Then top up with your warm milk. And voila! You have a delicious dirty chai latte. If you like you can add flavoured syrup at this stage or a dusting of cinnamon.
Which coffee should I use for dirty chai?
To make a reaaaallly good dirty chai you need great chai, and great coffee. Don’t skimp on these, because you’ll be able to taste the difference. For the coffee, you want to get the best quality you can afford. If you like to buy fresh beans and grind them, do it. If you buy freshly roasted, freshly ground beans, great! Just try not to use instant. It won’t be as tasty, we promise.
Which milk should I use for dirty chai?
Milk choice is really important when it comes to brewing a delicious chai. That’s because you need to balance the tea and spices well with the milk. In India, chai is traditionally made with full-cream (whole) cow’s milk – sometimes with actual cream, or condensed milk. So it’s super creamy. To make it work with plant-based milks you need to choose a good quality brand (or homemade milk) – a barista blend works well. The type of milk you choose works well too – for example oat, soy, hemp – the creamier plant-based milks. We have a ‘what types of milk are best for chai latte’ guide here if you want more on this!