Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe I got from living for 6 weeks in Dharamsala, Himmachal Pradesh, India.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Start to heat the water to boiling.
  2. In the meantime, cut each peppercorn in half with a knife and crack open each cardamom pod by biting it or smashing it.
  3. Put all spices and ginger in the pan. Boil about 5 minutes or until the water is light brown colored from the spices.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of the milk and the tea. Then stir in the sugar making sure it melts.
  5. Add the rest of the milk and heat to almost boiling for a couple more minutes.
  6. Depending on your taste, you can add more or less milk or sugar to the recipe.
  7. Strain the mixture into glasses and taste authentic chai from the Himalayas!
Most Helpful

Delicious! Very easy to make,too. I have made this Chai tea recipe with whole milk and also with almond milk, with good results both ways. Thank you for such a great recipe.

bakedapple42 April 04, 2013

I could have sworn I reviewed this earlier today...This was awesome! I used my mortar & pestle to lightly crush the peppercorns & cardamom pods. The ginger really came through; loved the zip & zing!! I used 2c milk because that finished off the gallon jug. ;) & 4Tb sugar. Delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Elmotoo March 24, 2012