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Chai (Masala Tea)

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Chai is black tea brewed with spices and milk. A cup of chai gives a wonderful sense of warmth and has a soothing effect. The mere aroma of chai makes you to want one; it is hard to resist. There are endless recipes, and every household has its favorite spice mix.

Makes spice mix for 24 cups


Spice Mix

  • 24 green cardamoms
  • 18 black peppers
  • 1 teaspoon anis seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

 Tea for 2 Cups of Chai


  1. Mix all the spices and grind to a powder. I prefer to use a coffee grinder, the one I keep just for spices. Store the chai spice mix in airtight container.
  2. Boil the water and milk with 1/4 teaspoon spice mix. When the water boils, reduce the heat to low and add the tea leaves and sugar. Cover the pan and let it simmer two to three minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture and serve hot.
  4. Adjust the sugar to your taste.


  1. I use 10 oz tea cups or mugs.
  2. Use 1/8 teaspoon of spice mix for 1 cup of tea.

20 thoughts on “Chai (Masala Tea)

  1. Amazing.
    Im gonna grind that chai masala right away.
    Ive always wanted to have my home ground chai masala but wasnt sure how.
    I usually use my maasi’s chai masala recipe – fresh ginger, green cardamom and black peppercorns ground together in hamamdasta, and it tastes great.
    Im sure I can surprise maasi with this chai masala, maybe a tiny dabbi for her too
    Thanks Manjulaji.

  2. If this recipe came from anybody else I would be hesitant to try the black pepper but I am sure it adds some wonderful element to this recipe! Any thoughts on the black pepper and how it adds to taste would be helpful! Thanks Aunty!

  3. Thank you so much … I am irani but my husband Indian so I could learn many of your recipes and make happy my marvelous husband.

  4. Thanks Mandji for this worderful recipe!

    My breakfast is now complete and my kitchen smells good!
    Greetings from Brazil!

  5. I really enjoy your website and your videos! Could you please tell me what kind of milk you use for chai? Do you use whole milk or 1 or 2% Thank you very much

  6. I just found your website and am so excited! I have tried some Indian recipes in the past and they always taste quite plain. I love your videos. Now maybe I can make some real Indian food! THANKS!! I cannot wait to try this chai recipe.

  7. Hi Manjula, love love to watch your videos , the way you explain things with very calm tender voice, you are a great teacher. Keep up the good work.

  8. Dear Manjula ji ,
    Your’s is tasty tea.
    1. Milk ,water,spice mix. should be brewed for 2-3 mts.After adding tea leaves only one boil should be given.This ensures the right amount of caffiene getting in the tea.
    2.Sugar should be added in the individual cups .Why sweeten the tea leaves by adding sugar in the boiling mix. in the pan .
    This is healthy tea.
    Thanks !

  9. Oh, thank you for this Manjula!!! I have been waiting to make this for a long time, and finally someone has a recipe to share. This would be lovely after a long bike ride.

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