Masala chai step-by-step recipe with photos.
About this recipe
Masala chai is Indian-style spiced tea made by boiling black tea, milk, water, and spices. It literally translates to spiced tea - masala means spices and chai means tea. Indian tea is mildly infused with spices. This is the most common drink in every Indian household. A cup of this mildly spiced tea along with a yummy snack is a must-have every evening in most households. The mix of spices that is used to make this drink varies in each household. The recipe here is our family favourite and I use very basic spices to make our cuppa. You may vary the spices as per your preference and liking.
My favourite combination of spices to make it is cinnamon, cardamom, fennel seeds, and fresh ginger. All of these spices come with a range of benefits.
While I am a hard-core kaapi person, there is always some love for a cup of masala chai. Strong, sweet, mildly spiced chai is something we enjoy most evenings. Invigorating and relaxing at the same time!
Have you paired this with pakoda (onion fritter) yet, which happens to be the classic, perfect combo on rainy evenings?
Step by step instructions
1. Take ginger and spices in a mortar pestle
2. Crush them together
3. Boil the spices in water for few minutes
4. Add sugar to it
5. Add tea powder
6. Let it steep for few minutes
7. Add milk and bring to boil
8. Simmer for a few minutes, strain, and serve
Served with piping hot pakoda - perfect for rainy days
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup milk
- 3 teaspoon sugar or as per taste
- 3 teaspoon black tea (I use strong Assam tea)
- 1 inch ginger
- A small piece cinnamon
- 3-4 pods cardamom
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- In mortar pestle, add ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and fennel seeds. Crush them lightly and set aside
- Boil water in a saucepan. Add the crushed spice mix
- Add sugar and tea powder. Boil for 4-5 minutes
- Add milk and bring to boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes
- Strain and serve hot