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Chai (Masala Tea)

Chai (Masala Tea)

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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 people


Makes spice mix for 24 cups

  • 24 green cardamoms hari ilachi
  • 18 black pepper kali mirch
  • 1 tsp anis seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

Tea for 2 Cups of Chai

  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp tea leaves (I prefer Brooke Bond Red Label or Lipton Yellow Label)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chai spice mix


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Strain the mixture and serve hot.  Adjust the sugar to your taste.


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