Chai (Masala Tea)

January 6th, 2013 filed under Beverages, Gluten Free
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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.

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11 Responses to “Chai (Masala Tea)”

  1. charlene says:

    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.

  2. paula says:

    Hello. I´m Paula from Portugal. I love your recipes. I made these tea often and i love it. thank´s.

  3. Magda says:

    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.

  4. [...] of chai (I prefer the Tazo blend personally, but I have also seen a legitimate Chai mix recipe from Manjula’s Kitchen that I really want to try). Speaking of chai – did you know that it actually means tea? I [...]

  5. Chris says:

    Dear auntie

    Are you only using the cardoman seeds or whole

  6. alka says:

    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 !

  7. Kiran says:

    Aunty, can you please show us choorma recipe and also eggless russian salad, and salad sandwich. Thanks.

  8. Rachana says:

    What type of sauf (aniseed) are you using? Lucknowi sauf (thin) or cooking sauf (thick) for chai masala?


  9. spicytofu says:

    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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