Masala Chai - Indian Spiced Milk Tea

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Recipe: #26431

July 07, 2017

"Tea to most Indians is like coffee is to the Western world even though coffee is more famous in Southern India. This recipe is a simple cardamom studded "chai" that is a daily affair in India."

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (621.2 g)
  • Calories 232
  • Total Fat - 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 13.5 mg
  • Sodium - 184.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 45 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 10.8 g
  • Sugars - 20.8 g
  • Protein - 8.4 g
  • Calcium - 262.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 155.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring the water, tea, sugar and spices to a gentle boil. Depending on preference and strength required determine the time for which you boil the tea.

Step 2

It is preferred to boil it for about 5-10 minutes. If you are looking for a milder tea you can add the tea after the first boil.

Step 3

Add milk and boil for another 5 minutes. Strain and serve hot with Indian biscuits or biscotti.

NOTE: Some people prefer way more milky tea than what is presented in this recipe. They use equal proportions of water and milk. Some even use more milk than water. More milk leads to milder tea so the choice is yours.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews

Peggy Bright

This will be my new go-to recipe for Indian chai. Over the last seven years, we have travelled extensively in India, and I know my chai. This is the closest I've come to an authentic recipe. Way, way better than the recipe I learned in Delhi. Thanks so much for posting. Made for one (hubby is not a tea drinker) using a tea bag because no appropriate loose tea was on hand. Followed everything else.


review by:
(13 Jun 2020)


I loved this tea Nat. It was awesome, so much flavor, rich, creamy and delicious. Perfectly spiced. It was quick and easy to make with excellent results. Thanks so much for sharing another winner. Made for CQ4 - Himmalayas.


review by:
(15 Aug 2017)

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