The Bookish Cafe: Dimple’s Chai Latte

Welcome to the first post in our new blog series, The Bookish Cafe. Bringing you the best recipes to enjoy with your favorite book! Inspired by C.S. Lewis’s quote:

Eating & reading are two pleasures that combine admirable.


Our first recipe was inspired by When Dimple Met Rishi. In the beginning of the book, Dimple’s mom offers Seema chai, an Indian tea. While coffee is more often associated with the novel, I personally prefer tea. In this recipe we take the traditional tea like Mamma would have made and turn it into a latte!

This homemade chai latte recipe will certainly warm you up on a cold rainy day (or any day since we do not experience much rain in Southern California). Chai lattes are one of my favorite drinks but paying $5 every time I crave something creamier than tea starts to add up.

This recipe is the perfect amount of spice and sweetness that you look for in a chai latte. Can I say that I think this recipe is better than Starbucks?

Many of these ingredients I was able to find around the house. But if you do not live in the house with cook like me you could find any of the spices at your local grocery store.spices

As Mamma says:

“Some chai for everyone!”

When Dimple Met Rishi


Chai Tea:
-3/4 ground cloves
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/2 tsp ground ginger
-1/2 tsp ground cardamom
-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
-1/2 tsp ground allspice
-1/2 cinnamon stick
-1 star anise
-2 tb pure maple syrup
-2 cups of water
-2 chai or black tea bags (We use Tazo’s Chai Tea)

Latte Milk:
-3/4 cup of milk
-1 tb pure maple syrup
-a pinch of ground cinnamon

*Best paired with a good book and lots of blankets and pillows.


1. Chai Tea: Add spices and water to a medium pot and bring to boil. Be sure to mix the spices until blended. After mixture reaches a boil turn off the heat and let it steep for 5 minutes. Add tea bags and maple syrup after the 5 minutes and bring to boil once again.  Once tea is boiling turn off heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and strain spices in a fine mesh strainer. Put aside 1/2 cup of the tea and store the rest in the refrigerator.

2. Latte Milk: Pour milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon into pot (stir well) and bring to boil. Transfer milk into blender. Blend at high speed until you are satisfied with the foam. (I use a blender to foam up the milk because I do not have an immersion blender.)

3. Pour 1/2 of the tea into a mug and slowly add the latte milk. Top off with a pinch of cinnamon for decoration.

4. Curl up with your favorite book and enjoy!DSC08383-trial

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