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chai tea recipe

Authentic Masala Chai Recipe

Indian masala chai is a delicious and sweet beverage made with milk, black tea, and several spices. This tea is also healthy, which is a good reason to start sipping it frequently!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6


  • Sauce pan or tea pot
  • Knife


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups whole milk (or almond, cashew, soy, oat or another plant-based milk)
  • 5 tbsp loose leaf black tea (Assam)
  • 1 inch piece ginger sliced
  • 10 cloves whole
  • 15 green cardamom pods
  • 1 1/2 cinnamon sticks (about 2 inches)
  • 5 - 10 tsp teaspoons of brown sugar

Optional ingredients:

  • 15 black peppercorns
  • 5 star anises
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds


  • Crack the cardamom pods, cloves, and peppercorns (if you are using them) and put them in a saucepan or teapot. Add thinly sliced ginger, cinnamon sticks, and black tea. Add star anise and fennel seeds if you want to use them. Add the water.
  • Bring to a low boil and cover. Steep on low heat for at least 10 minutes. If you want a stronger infusion, keep the chai on very low heat for an hour or two.
  • Add milk and sugar. Stir it while heating until it’s simmering hot again. Simmer for a few minutes to allow the milk to bring out the oil from the spices.
  • Pour into mugs or glasses through a strainer and enjoy!
Keyword refreshing, spicy, sweet