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Authentic Masala Chai Recipe

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Picture this: it’s a chilly afternoon, and you’re looking for a drink that will keep your hands and body warm while making your taste buds happy. But your standard cup of coffee just won’t do; you’re craving something different, but you don’t know what to drink. 

We’ve got just the thing: masala chai tea. On the cozy drink meter, this hot milk tea scores a full five stars, making it a perfect drink for sipping in cold weather. 

MEET MASALA CHAI

Legend has it that masala chai originated thousands of years ago in India or Thailand — its exact origin is still debated — as a healing drink. It spread across India during the early 1900s when the Indian Tea Association promoted drinking tea in the country. 

During the second half of the century, the tea continued to rise in popularity as it became more affordable to the common man; everyone had it, from street vendors to private residences. Even now, it remains among the favorite drinks of many in India and across the globe. 

WHAT’S IN MASALA CHAI?

Masala chai recipes may vary among Indian households, as each family may use a different blend of spices according to personal preference. However, the basic ingredients for the drink are black tea leaves, some type of milk, the drinker’s choice of sweetener, and a combination of spices that includes things like green cardamom, ground cinnamon, fennel seeds, peppercorn, cloves, nutmeg, and lots of ginger. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MASALA CHAI AND DIRTY CHAI? 

Only one ingredient separates the classic masala chai and dirty chai, and that’s coffee! A shot or two of rich and delicious espresso is added to the chai, making the tea drink “dirty” and more appealing to the biggest coffee fans. 

MAKE A CUP OF MASALA CHAI AT HOME

Masala Chai Recipe

YOU’LL NEED:

  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 3 whole cloves 
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-4 slices of ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Saucepan
  • Mesh strainer

THE PROCESS:

Step 1:

Spices in water

Pull out your saucepan, and add water, a few slices of fresh ginger, chopped cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, and black tea bags. Heat all of these ingredients over medium heat until the water starts to boil, then remove the pan from the heat. You’ll need to let the spiced tea mixture sit for 10 minutes. 

Step 2:

Milk in tea

Once the tea has cooled for the 10 minute period, stir in a cup of milk. Now, our recipe calls for whole milk, but if you prefer not to drink dairy, use your favorite substitutes, like almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk. Bring the creamy mixture to a simmer, then remove from the heat.

Step 3:

Strained tea

Finally, use a mesh strainer to pour the Indian milk tea into a tall glass or mug and stir in a few spoons full of cane or raw sugar. This step presents another opportunity for substitutions; we know not everyone likes to use sugar, so feel free to use your sweetener of choice instead. 

ENJOY!

All it takes is one sip, and you’ll fall in love with the masala chai latte. The tea, milk, and spice mix will warm you from the inside out, and you’ll understand why the drink is so well-loved in India. Plus, it’s got less caffeine than the average cup of joe, so if you’re looking for something to replace your daily second cup, a mug of this spicy goodness makes a solid substitution. 

Masala Chai Recipe

Authentic Masala Chai

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Bring a little taste of India to the comfort of your own home with a cup of masala chai. The spicy, creamy drink is perfect for keeping you cozy and warm on even the coldest of days.

Ingredients

  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

    1. Lightly grind cardamom pods and place in a saucepan with 1 cup of water, ginger, cinnamon and black tea bags.
    2. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Let it sit for 10 min.
    3. Add milk to saucepan and bring to a simmer. 
    4. Strain chai into a cup and add your sugar. 
    5. Stir and enjoy!
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