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    15 mins

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    Bonnie bonbon's Note:

    this is a classic indian masala chai. i would venture to say half a billion people are drinking some version of this every morning. and for good reason -- it is super delicious!

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    1. 1
      put the water on the stove and add spices, bring to boil.
    2. 2
      cover and let simmer for few minutes.
    3. 3
      add sugar or sucanat (whole ground sugar cane--like jaggery) and milk, stir.
    4. 4
      bring back to just barely boiling (watch pot, milk will bubble over).
    5. 5
      add tea leaves, cover pot, remove from heat.
    6. 6
      steep for 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      pour through filter to remove spices and tea leaves.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 13, 2008


      This was a lovely chai that I will make again. I doubled the recipe but kept the milk the same for personal preference as we are not fans. I also only added 1/3 cup of sugar to the doubled recipe and still found it a touch too sweet - next time I think I will double the recipe and leave both the sugar and milk at the original levels. Thanks for posting! EDIT: I am updating this to 5 stars as this is the best chai recipe on 'zaar and I have tried a lot of them. The only thing I would change is adding peppercorns and ginger next time.

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    • on September 26, 2010


      Very tasty. I agree with other reviewers that it needs a dash more flavor, so I added more cloves and used honey to taste in place of sugar the second time I made this. Also, I added the milk at the end, since I feel the tea steeps better before the milk thickens the tea. Thanks.

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    • on March 04, 2009

      I make a similar version given to me by my friend from India - only difference is that she adds a pinch of Fennel seeds and a crushed Bay Leaf. This adds another layer of delicious flavor. Great Recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for masala chai (indian spiced tea)

    Serving Size: 1 (192 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 116.5
    Calories from Fat 26
    Total Fat 2.9 g
    Saturated Fat 1.8 g
    Cholesterol 11.3 mg
    Sodium 44.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 16.6 g
    Protein 2.6 g

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    tea leaves

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