Masala Chai | Masala Tea

Masala chai recipe with step by step photos. Masala Chai is an Indian spiced tea made with whole spices and milk.

Tea along with Filter coffee is a preferred drink for many people. Many Indians like to have tea in the morning or during evening. I know some people who get a headache if they don’t get their daily cuppa of tea.

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masala chai recipe

In India, many herbs and spices are added to the tea. Each family has their own version of making tea. This recipe shows how to make masala chai when you do not have Masala tea powder. You just need a few whole spices. I have also shared this detailed post of Herbal tea to know more about the spices which are generally added to Indian tea.

Here in this masala chai recipe, I am sharing my method of preparing tea. But the recipe can be changed as per your liking.

Suggestions for making masala chai

  • The amount of milk added varies from person to person. So you can add milk as per your preference.
  • The brand of tea also makes a difference to the overall flavor of the tea. I always use Assam tea as it is more stronger than the Darjeeling tea. But I do know some folks who prefer a mix of Assam + Darjeeling tea or only Darjeeling tea. What I have used here is organic Assam tea which are not like tea leaves, but in the form of granules. You can use whichever one you have.
  • You can vary the quantity of spices added. During summers, I would suggest reducing the spices as they increase the heat in the body. During winters and monsoons, the spices help in keeping the body warm.
  • The classic way of making tea is to steep the tea leaves in hot water. The Indian method is boiling the tea leaves for some minutes. I usually add milk later. Though in some families, the water, milk and tea leaves are boiled together.
  • This recipe is a strong tea, both in terms of the taste of tea and the aroma and flavor of spices. I use a good amount of ginger, in tea. But you can add less.

This masala chai recipe serves 2 to 3, but can be easily halved or doubled or tripled. Serve masala tea steaming hot plain or with some Indian snacks like pakora, samosa, aloo tikki, sandwiches or with nankhatai or biscuits.

How to make masala chai

1. take ½ inch cinnamon, 2 to 3 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 inch ginger in a mortar-pestle.

making masala chai recipe

2. Crush coarsely and keep aside.

making masala chai recipe

3. In a saucepan or a small pan with a handle, heat 2 cups water (500 ml).

making masala chai recipe

4. Let the water come to a boil and then add the crushed spices. if you want you can even add a generous pinch of nutmeg powder along with the spices. Some mint leaves or lemon grass also can be added.

making masala chai recipe

5. Boil the spices along with the water for 2 to 3 minutes. add sugar as per taste. I usually add 4 teaspoon raw sugar. You can add more or less depending upon the sweetness desired.

making masala chai recipe

6. Now add 2 teaspoons Assam tea. Boil for a minute. This boiling time depends on how strong you want your tea. If you prefer a strong intense tea, then simmer for a few more minutes.

making masala chai recipe

8. Add ¼ cup milk. Add more milk if required. You can even use soy milk or almond milk. If using soy milk, then simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. If using almond milk, then gently heat through. Do not let the almond milk come to a boil or the tea will get a grainy texture.

making masala tea recipe

9. After adding milk boil for 2 to 3 minutes. If using chilled milk, then boil with tea for 2 to 3 minutes. if using hot milk, then add the milk and switch off the flame.

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10. Pour the tea through a tea strainer directly in the cup.

making masala tea recipe

10. Serve masala chai hot with some Indian snacks or Indian cookies or biscuits or with snacks like aloo pakora, veg cutlet, medu vada

masala tea recipe

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Masala Chai | Masala Tea

4.89 from 9 votes
Masala Chai is an Indian spiced tea made with whole spices and milk.
masala chai recipe, masala tea recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:1 min
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:11 mins
Course:breakfasts
Cuisine:indian
Diet:gluten-free,vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 2 cups water or 500 ml water
  • 4 teaspoon sugar or add as per taste
  • 2 teaspoon assam tea
  • ¼ cup milk or add as per taste

masala

  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 inch ginger

Instructions

  • Take 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 to 3 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 inch ginger in a mortar-pestle.
  • Crush coarsely and keep aside.
  • In a sauce pan or a small pan with a handle, heat 2 cups water (250 ml).
  • Let the water come to a boil and then add the crushed spices.
  • Boil the spices along with the water for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add sugar as per taste. I usually add 4 teaspoon raw sugar. You can add more or less.
  • Now add 2 teaspoon assam tea. Boil for a minute. This boiling time depends on how strong you want your tea. If you prefer a strong intense tea, then boil for a few more minutes.
  • Add milk. After adding milk boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • If using chilled milk, then boil with tea for 2 to 3 minutes. If using hot milk, then add the milk and switch off the flame.
  • Pour the tea through a tea strainer directly in the cup.
  • Serve masala chai hot with some indian snacks or indian cookies or biscuits.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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22 comments/reviews

  1. This masala chai was too good.perfect for this weather.5 stars

    • thanks again winnie. masala chai is great during monsoons and winters.

  2. Hi,
    What is the quantity of spices to be taken if less tea (eg, 1 cup) is to be prepared or more tea (for 4 to 5 cups ) is to be prepared ?
    Thanks for all recipes for a beginner like me.

    • for 1 cup of tea, you can use 1 small green cardamom, 1/4th inch of cinnamon (a tiny small piece of cinnamon) and 1 clove. ginger can be 1/4th teaspoon of crushed or grated ginger. for 4 to 5 cups, 4 green cardamoms, 1-inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 cloves and 1.5 to 2 inches, ginger can be added.

  3. Hi,

    Which cinnamon do i use – i see 2 varieties in shops…one variety in rolls (i suppose they call it ceylon cinnamon) & the other in pieces… Are both the same & both varieties used for making cookies also?

    • meera, one is ceylon cinnamon (real or true cinnamon) and one is cassia cinnamon. i use true cinnamon and not cassia cinnamon. cassia cinnamon is not good for health and can have adverse effects. in fact when buying cinnamon, i am very careful. everywhere in india they sell cassia as cinnamon. the shopkeepers also do not know the difference at times. cassia has a thick woody texture whereas ceylon cinnamon does not have a such a woody texture. cassia also has a strong aroma as compared to ceylon cinnamon. you can read more difference on the web. by now i have become an expert in distinguishing between both the cinnamon varieties. i would strongly recommend to use real cinnamon (ceylon cinnamon) for a true flavor as well as health benefits.

  4. Hello, I have looking for a good nasal chai recipe! Thanks for posting this. Can I use regular tea leaves instead of the Assam?

    • Kavena, yes you can use regular tea leaves.

  5. Hello ma’am, I have been following your blog for quite awhile, and your recipes have never failed me.This masala chai recipe is perfect. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and tips.

    • thanks a lot rashmi and welcome. nice to know your liked masala chai recipe.

  6. Hello Mam
    Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipes . We are non vegetarians and when I want to cook veg food first I will search your blog .
    In masala chai can we use normal tea powder instead of Assam tea powder ?

    Thank you in advance .

    • thanks a lot melba. you can use normal tea powder.

  7. Excellent & mouth watering recipes

    • thank you shrey 🙂

  8. I am a tea fan, one of those who gets headache if I don’t get it at the particular time of the day, haha. Always used packet tea masalas which did not suit me. Thanks to you for this recipe at the perfect time of the year. You are in my prayers, thank you for the perfect recipes 🙂

    • welcome supriya and thankyou for your good wishes and blessings.

  9. Hello Mam,
    I have tried so many recipes from ur blog….. Awesome recipes!!!!
    Thank you so much…..

    • welcome and thankyou shruthi 🙂

  10. hii.. tried it today.. reminded us of kashmir..we just loved it.. . thanks a lot

    • thanks for the feedback priyanka. kashmir reminds me of kahwa tea, which is one of my favorite tea 🙂

  11. I’m known as a tea-pot in my family. I absolutely love tea and can drink it at any time. This looks amazing. I’m going to try it tomorrow morning. Can hardly wait! Also, I love your blog. God bless all the work of your hands!5 stars

    • thank you much lorraine. same here. i always prefer tea over coffee and can have it any time. do try and i hope you like it.