A fail-proof Indian Masala Chai recipe that anyone can make at home. Also known as Chai Tea it is an energising, refreshing milky tea made with spices and fresh ginger.
There is no Indian street that runs longer than 5 kms without a quaint, shanty looking ‘Chai Stall’ somewhere!!
It is one of those beverages that Indians just can’t do without, regardless of any socio-economic status!!
Indian Masala chai is a flavour that binds the entire nation together.
An authentic masala chai is a sweet Indian milk tea brewed on low flame till the smell of milk & black tea leaves infused with spices fills the air, before being poured into small shot glasses.
OOh, the joy of wrapping your hands around the hot cup or glass (if at the stall) and sniffing through the exotic smell is an emotionally engulfing experience in itself without even taking the first sip.
If you are a coffee shop ‘Chai Latte’ fan then I highly recommend you to try the authentic Indian spice tea experience and understand the story behind Indian chai tea latte.
Besides the intoxicating aroma, drinking masala tea has benefits too!
Like most Indian dishes there is no set authentic masala chai recipe.
Each one or households have different way of making Indian masala tea.
Some use 2-3 spices while others can add as many as 8 – 9 different spices.
The one thing constant in most Indian chai recipes is the use of fresh ginger, green cardamom, and milk.
Below is a list of whole spices used popularly used to make an authentic chai.
You can choose to add any of the spices listed below in addition to fresh ginger and black tea leaves:
PANTRY AND FRESH INGREDIENTS
⇒ Black tea leaves
⇒ Fresh ginger
LIST OF SPICES TO CHOOSE FROM
⇒ Bay leaves
⇒ Green Cardamom
⇒ Fennel seeds (Click for fennel seed uses)
⇒ Ginger powder
⇒ Mint leaves
⇒ Star anise
Start making your own Indian chai recipe by choosing 2 to 3 different spices at a time or more if you prefer . With different combinations you will finally get to your most favourite homemade chai tea masala or spice tea mix that you can make and repeat.
Refer to cooking notes below for substitute options and tips.
Below is the step by step process of making Indian chai tea at home.
Select your spices and roughly crush them to release flavour.
Add 2 1/2 cups of water to a pan, bring to warm and add the spices and ginger to the water. Boil for 3 mins
Add black tea leaves and milk and continue to boil until it becomes slightly thick in consistency
Add sugar or your chosen sweetener to taste, strain and serve hot.
The method of making masala chai is more or less the same across all recipes.
However one can easily alter the proportion, spices, sugar type and boiling time as per your own liking.
Spicy masala chai originates from Northern India, where they like to make their tea spicy, sweet and very milky.
But this recipe can be easily adapted to suit your personal preference.
Here are few tips and alternatives for you to make your cup of Indian spice tea:
You can easily substitute normal milk with almond milk, hemp milk for a lactose free masala chai.
You should be fine as long as the the milk does not have a strong taste or smell.
Yes you can. But in doing so limit the number and quantity of spices used as well as the amount of tea leaves.
Also do not over boil the water for too long. Boiling water with spices and tea leaves for 5 minutes should work fine.
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|Black Tea Leaves - 4 tsp|
|Water - 4 1/2 cup|
|Milk - 1/2 cup|
|Ginger - 1 inch|
|Green Cardamon - 3 pods|
|Fennel seeds - 2 tsps|
|Mint leaves - 5|
|Palm sugar - 2 tsp (optional)|