Masala Chai


There’s nothing better than being able to relax with a nice cup of masala chai! The heavenly aroma of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and milk wafting through the air automatically puts me in a good mood.

I love Starbucks chai tea as much as the next, but lets face it it’s not actually chai. I know, I know, sacrilege. I’ll try to avoid my rant about the Americanization of Indian cuisine and stick to the facts. The first fact being that you should never go to India and order a chai tea, as you’ll be ordering a tea tea. Second, masala chai is aromatic, sweet, creamy amazingness.

Growing up I hated chai, I couldn’t understand how the adults drank cup after cup, when there was soda to be had. Needless to say, I now get it. Whether I’m coming in from the cold, having had a long and tiring day at work, or just sitting on the couch on a lazy Sunday afternoon, nothing relaxes me more than holding a warm cup of masala chai between my hands, whilst nibbling on cookies, Almond Cardamom Sponge Cake , or a savory pastry.

So incredibly fast and easy to make. You literally just throw the ingredients in the pot and it comes together to make you a fabulous cup of tea. The aromatic flavors coupled with the thick creamy milk are incredible.

Masala Chai

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Punjabi, Indian, PakistaniDifficulty: Easy


Cooking time




  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 5 whole cardamom pods (elaichi)

  • 5 cloves (laung)

  • 1 stick cinnamon (daal chini)

  • 1 whole thick cardamom pods (moti elaichi)

  • 3 tbsp black tea (if you’re using tea bags use 3-4)

  • Sugar to taste


  • Boil water along with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and thick cardamom in a nonstick pot.
  • Once boiling, let water boil an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add in black tea and boil for 1 minute.
  • Add in milk and boil for 2 minutes – careful that to watch that it doesn’t boil over.
  • Sieve into cups, add sugar, and serve with a digestive biscuits, rusk, maybe even an Almond Cardamom Sponge Cake.


  • Replace milk for vegan options, if needed

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