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Real Indian Masala Chai Tea
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3.30 from 10 votes

Real Indian Masala Chai Tea

Course: Beverage
Author: Ann Timm


How to make your Indian Masala Chai spice mix

  • ½ cup black pepper
  • ½ cup cinnamon
  • ½ cup cardamom pods mine were whole and I cracked them with a sharp knife, but you can use powder or pre-shelled, but then you would want to reduce this amount to about half
  • ½ cup dried ginger pieces or omit if using fresh
  • ¼ cup whole cloves
  • You could also add a small amount of nutmeg or star anise if desired. Those ingredients aren't as commonly used, at least, not in the parts of Indian we've been in, but they are used sometimes and would taste delicious as well.


How to make your perfect cup of chai in 5 minutes: (Actually, this recipe makes 2 cups—one for you, one for a husband or a friend. If you want to make just one, simply halve the amounts.)

  • Add 1 cup filtered water and 2 heaping teaspoons of loose tea (or 2 teabags) to a small pot and turn it on medium-high heat. You really do need to make the tea strong enough, so that it can carry the spices, so don't be shy.
  • While it’s heating, add 1/2 teaspoon of the dried chai spice mix (and add your freshly grated ginger at this point, if desired-- I chop or grate about 1 inch of peeled ginger for the 2-cup recipe).
  • Once it’s come to a boil, turn off the heat briefly (or just remove the pot). Pour in 1 cup of milk and desired amount of sweetener. About 2 teaspoons is perfect for me (raw sugar or honey are my sweeteners of choice).
  • Put it back on the heat, and bring it to a boil once again, stirring it as it heats (whisking it to aerate the milk is even better).
  • Turn off the heat and let it sit for a minute to finish steeping.
  • Pour into cups, using a mesh strainer to catch the loose tea and spices.
  • Sit and savor your creamy, perfect, homemade chai.