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Authentic Masala Chai

This delicious tea is brewed with the warm spices of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and clove. Kissed with milk and sugar to your liking, it really is the perfect cup of tea.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • 2 tbsp loose leaf black tea, Assam or Darjeeling are common, but any black tea variety would work
  • 4 cardamom pods*
  • ¼ inch fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk or milk alternative**, we used 2% milk
  • 2.5 tsp white sugar or sugar alternative, such as maple syrup or honey, adjust to taste


  • Place spices, water and milk in a small saucepan on stove. Turn stove on to high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Once it starts to boil (the liquid will start to raise in the saucepan) take the saucepan off the heat.
  • Now add the tea and sugar and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  • Time to enjoy! To serve, place in a tea kettle with a self strainer (like in the pictures above) or strain tea with a sieve and then pour into cups. Makes one large cup or two smaller cups of chai.


Three Teas Tips:
* As mentioned previously, you can use any of the following spices in any quantity you prefer, it is all to taste. 
  • Green Cardamom Pods
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Peppercorns
  • Star Anise
  • Fennel Seeds
The spices we chose in the recipe above is based on our taste, maybe yours too!
** For a richer tasting tea, you can replace the water with just milk. But we find it is a nice balance to have equal parts water to milk. 
Keyword cardamom, Chai, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, tea, tea time