Masala chai

Us Indians love our tea and the ultimate cup of tea has to be a hot, steaming cup of Masala chai. After a long day I love to make a cup of masala chai and relax. This recipe is one of the first things my mother ever taught me. Although, over the past few years I have slightly adapted it to better suit my taste.

A picture of fresh Chai –  clicked from a traditional ‘dhabba’ in India
Chai with some homemade snacks

Serves 2-3 people 

You will need:

  • 2 ½ cup water
  •  Add enough milk that will suit your taste (I usually use ½ a cup)
  • 2 tsp loose tea leaves – chai patti
  • 4 tsp sugar – chini
  • 5 cardamom pods – elaichi
  • 5 cloves – laung
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger – adarak (You can add according to taste)
  • 2 tea cups
  • 1 tea strainer


  1. Put the water on boil
  2. Meanwhile, crush the cardamom pods and cloves. You can use a rolling pin to do so.
  3. Add the crushed pods and cloves to water
  4. Grate ginger and add to water. Add sugar too.
  5. Leave to simmer for 2- 5 minutes
  6. Add tea leaves and now simmer for 5 minutes
  7. Add milk till boiled
  8. Take off and strain
  9. Enjoy your tea!

Tips: Swap tea leaves for 2-3  tea bags if you don’t have tea leaves 

See my recipe for a variation with saunf (fennel seeds):  Saunf Walli Chai 


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