masala chai (indian spiced tea)

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Bonnie bonbon

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!

Top Review by cyaos

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.

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.

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