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Vegan Cutting Chai, a spicy-sweet beverage from the streets of Bombay - holycowvegan.net
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Vegan Cutting Chai

Vegan Cutting Chai is a tasty way to enjoy the flavor of Bombay's street foods in the comfort of your own home. This sweet, spiced beverage defies all common sense about how to make tea, and yet it's probably the most delicious tea you will ever drink.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian, nut-free, Street Food,
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 35kcal


  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoon black tea (try to get one as strong as possible. If teabags are all you have, cut them open and use the loose leaves.)
  • 4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (grated)
  • 4 green cardamom pods (crushed and pounded in a mortar and pestle)
  • ½ cup soymilk (can substitute with oat milk or an unflavored creamer)


  • In a small saucepan, bring the water, cardamom, ginger and sugar to a boil.
  • Add the tea leaves and continue at a rolling boil for at least two more minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and immediately add the soymilk or creamer at room temperature
  • Cover the saucepan, let everything steep together for a minute or two, then strain into little glass tumblers.
  • Serve hot with samosas, bhujias, or cookies.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg