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
- Add the water to a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat.
- Crush the cardamom pods and add to the pot along with the ginger.
- Once the water boils, add the tea bag and reduce the heat to low.
- Simmer for about 5 minutes and then add the sugar.
- Simmer for another minute or two until the desired strength is reached.
- 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.