Chai is the Hindu word for tea. The recipe was a royal secret in the ancient courts of India and Siam, and legend says that chai was invented by a king. The offering of a beverage to guests in one’s home is mandatory etiquette in the region. Chai, with its creamy texture and flavor, is the number one choice in India. This recipe is a simple version, but tasteful and true in spirit to a spiced chai you might find in Southwest Asia. And it’s a lot cheaper than that found in most coffee bars.