How to make authentic Indian masala chai?

How to make authentic Indian masala chai?

How to Make Authentic Indian Masala Chai

Indian masala chai is an aromatic, spiced tea that is perfect for warming up on a chilly day. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make chai that tastes like it just came from an Indian restaurant.


  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons of black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar, honey or maple syrup (optional)


  • Crush the cardamom pods, cloves, and peppercorns in a mortar and pestle.
  • In a saucepan, add the water, crushed spices, black tea, and cinnamon stick. Boil for 3-5 minutes.
  • Grind the ginger root in the mortar and pestle and add it to the saucepan.
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the milk. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the optional sweetener and stir.
  • Strain the tea into cups and enjoy your homemade masala chai!

Tip: You can vary the amount of spices in your chai depending on how bold of a flavor you want. Enjoy experimenting with the recipe to create your own unique taste!


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