Masala Chai with Highly Fragrant Spices

Masala Chai with Highly Fragrant Spices

A warming cup of chai is great for cold days. This is the recipe for chai that my aunt makes for me whenever I return to India.

Ingredients: 2 servings

2 pods
1/2 teaspoon
Sliced ginger
3 to 4 slices
Black pepper
1/4 coarsely ground, or 2 peppercorns
2 cloves
2 cups (400ml)
1/2 to 1 cup (100 to 200 ml)
1 tablespoon


1. Slice the ginger, and lightly crush the cardamom pods. Prepare the other spices. If you don't mind the extra step, coarsely grind all of the spices together.
2. Put the water and all of the spices in a sauce pan, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 2 minutes to release the aroma of the spices.
3. Add the teabags, then boil for about 2 minutes on low to medium heat.
4. Add the milk and sugar, then reheat on low.
5. Turn off heat right before bringing it to a boil.
6. Strain the tea into teacups, and serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is the chai that my aunt made for me when I visited her home.
Masala chai is served for auspicious occasions, or when entertaining visitors. I usually make ginger chai (see Recipe ID: 777254).