How to make authentic Indian masala chai?

How to make authentic Indian masala chai?

How to Make Authentic Indian Masala Chai


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 black tea bag (or 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf tea)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (or to taste)
  • ½ cup of milk


  1. Add the water to a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat.
  2. Crush the cardamom pods and add to the pot along with the ginger.
  3. Once the water boils, add the tea bag and reduce the heat to low.
  4. Simmer for about 5 minutes and then add the sugar.
  5. Simmer for another minute or two until the desired strength is reached.
  6. Strain the tea into cup, stir in the milk and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • If you’re using loose-leaf tea, first put it in a tea filter or strainer before adding to the pot. This will make it easier to strain out later.
  • You can adjust the amount of ginger, cardamom and sugar to suit your taste.
  • For a creamier chai, try using half and half instead of milk.
  • If you prefer a milder taste, use green or white tea instead of black tea.


Making authentic Indian Masala Chai is an easy and rewarding task. With just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can enjoy a deliciously fragrant and comforting cup of chai. So bring to the pot the spices, tea and milk, and savor the warmth of this delightful Indian staple.


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