How to make authentic Indian masala chai?

How to make authentic Indian masala chai?

How to make Authentic Indian Masala Chai

India is famous for its tea, known as Masala Chai. This unique spiced tea is made with a combination of black tea, milk, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, and other spices. Drinking a cup of authentic Indian Masala Chai is a great way to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Here’s how to make this special beverage at home.


  • 2 ½ cups of Water
  • 2 tsp of Black Tea Leaves
  • 1 cup of Milk, half-and-half, or coconut milk
  • 2 Green Cardamom pods, slightly cracked
  • 3 inches of Ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 tsp of Fennel Seeds
  • 2 tsp of Honey or Sugar (optional)


  1. Preparation: Gently crush the cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and fennel with a mortar and pestle.
  2. Boiling: In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the tea leaves, crushed spices, and ginger. Let the mixture steep for 5 minutes. Bring it back to a boil and then reduce the heat to low.
  3. Simmering: Add the milk and let the chai simmer for 2-3 minutes or until it turns golden in color. Take the pan off the heat and let it sit for another 2 minutes.
  4. Strain and Serve: Strain the mixture and divide it into two cups. Sweeten with honey or sugar, if desired. Enjoy your delicious cup of Indian Masala Chai!


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