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Masala chai
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Masala chai recipe

Popular Indian masala chai using fresh spices
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 people
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1.5 tsp Tea powder
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • Ginger a small piece
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • Cinnamon 1 small piece
  • 1/8 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Sugar


  • In a mortar and pestle put a small piece of ginger, 2 cardamom, 2 cloves, a small cinnamon piece and 1/8 th tsp of fennel seeds.
  • Crush it coarsely. This will bring out all the flavours of the spices and make the masala chai flavourful.
  • In a saucepan, add 1.5 cups of water. You can reduce the water if you want a thicker tea.
  • Add the crushed spices.
  • Add 1.5 tsp tea powder. I used red label tea powder, you can use any thing of your choice.
  • Let this boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup of milk to this.
  • Add sugar as desired. Stir it well.
  • Let this boil for a minute.
  • Do not boil more after adding sugar, it will spoil the taste.
  • Strain the mixture.
  • Serve hot.
  • Masala chai is ready.



1. You can add more milk and reduce the quantity of water.
2. A pinch of nutmeg can be added to the masala chai.