masala chai (indian spiced tea)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

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.

cyaos April 13, 2008

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.

Scribbler515 September 26, 2010

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!

shangrilajewel March 03, 2009

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