Masala Chai


Whilst stopping at a service station on the journey back from Delhi to Ahmedabad in India, my Granddad and I got a cup of masala chai from a local shop. It was perfectly sweet and spiced. As we sipped from the small earthenware cups, my Granddad told me “a great cup of tea like this can set you up nicely for the day”. Here I share the recipe which my family in India use on a daily basis.

Serving: 1 mug
Total time: 10 minutes


  • 250 ml Milk
  • 125 ml Water
  • 2 tsp Black tea (or 2 teabags)
  • 1.5 tsp Sugar
  • 2 Cardamon pods with seeds inside
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • ½ inch Ginger
  • 4 Peppercorns (2 white, 2 black if possible)

Optional: Different regions of India have their own twist to this magical tea. You can add a good pinch of green fennel seeds and some salt to taste to try different varieties of this chai.


Whilst the water and milk come to a boil in a saucepan, crush the cinnamon stick, cardamon and ginger.

Snip open the teabags and add this into the saucepan.

Now add in the ground spice mixture and sugar. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and let the spices infuse for 3 minutes.

Pour tea through a fine-mesh sieve into your favourite mug. Serve immediately.


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