How to make authentic Indian masala chai?

How to make authentic Indian masala chai?

How to Make Authentic Indian Masala Chai


  • Milk (1 cup)
  • Ginger (1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated or 1/2 teaspoon of powdered)
  • Cardamom (2 pods, crushed or 1/4 teaspoon of powdered)
  • Cloves (2)
  • Cinnamon (1-inch piece)
  • Tea Leaves (2 teaspoons of black tea leaves)
  • Water (1-2 cups, depending on how strong you like your tea)
  • Sugar (to taste)


  1. Heat the Milk: In a pot, bring the milk to a gentle simmer over low to medium-low heat. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  2. Add the spices: Add the ginger, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the Tea Leaves: Add the tea leaves and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the Water: Add the water and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If you like your tea extra strong, add an additional cup of water, but keep in mind that it will also dilute the flavor.)
  5. Add the Sugar: Add the sugar to taste and simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Strain and Serve: Strain the chilled tea and serve with some extra cardamom and ginger, if desired.


There you have it! Indian masala chai, authentic and delicious. Nothing like a cup of hot tea on a cold day. Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!


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