Masala Chai – A simple recipe

Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 13 min Total Time: 23 mins
Servings 2

Masala Chai is a popular Indian beverage that is made with black tea, ginger, cardamom, milk, and sugar.  

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Milk - 2% or whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon Green cardamom powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons Fresh Ginger grated
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar / Sweetener (Adjust as per taste)
  1. Equipment needed
    • Saucepan (thick bottom)
    • Strainer
    • Grater for ginger


  2. Steps to prepare tea
    • Keep the saucepan on the stove at medium heat
    • Add water to the saucepan
    • Add grated fresh ginger and sugar
    • Mix well and bring the mixture to boil
    • Now add milk and cardamom powder
    • Bring the mixture to boil 
    • Add tea powder and stir well
    • Reduce heat to bring the tea to simmer
    • Let the tea simmer for 1-2 minutes
    • NOTE : This is a key step - we want to watch for the color of tea to turn light golden brown/tan. If you overboil the tea, the tea will turn bitter. We want our tea to be infused with the right level of flavors. 
    • Remove from heat, and let the tea stand for 1-2 minutes
    • Filter the tea using a strainer into the serving cups
    • Serve while the tea is hot.
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Vinay Mummigatti

I love traveling, cooking, and reading. This blog is a reflection of my passion for cooking. Food is a representation of culture and I have tried to assimilate foods from different cultures across the world. I am an Indian by birth who moved to the USA 20 years back. I hope my recipes and articles bring new experiences and joy to the readers. Please share your comments and feedback.