Masala Chai
Print Recipe

Masala Chai

Masala Chai, which translates into spiced tea, personifies the scent and taste that India wakes up to every morning.
Course: Drinks
Keyword: chai, chai tea, india, masala chai, tea
Author: Naya Traveler


  • 3 tablespoons loose black tea, or 6 black tea bags
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 10 green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 black pepper pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • Packed brown sugar, to taste


  • In a small pot, bring water to a boil.
  • Add ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until water reduces slightly.
  • Remove pot from the heat, and add black tea. Steep for several minutes.
  • Return pot to medium heat and add milk. Stir occasionally, making sure the mixture doesn’t boil.
  • Stirr in sugar to taste.
  • Once the top becomes frothy, remove from heat and steep for a minute.
  • Strain tea into a cup or mug.