There is no clear evidence of an original recipe for Indian Masala Chai because, despite some similarities, each family and establishment have their own recipe. After a few months exploring Indian cuisine, we prepared a recipe with the most commonly used ingredients. You can use this Indian masala chai recipe as a base and adjust it according to your taste buds. By the way, if you want to know more about the history of Masala Chai, click here to read our post.
I hope you enjoy this Indian chai recipe. It’s delicious!
Homemade Indian Masala Chai
- Mortar and Pestle
- 1 ½ cup water
- 3-4 cm ginger
- 4 cardamoms pods
- 4 tsp black tea
- 3-4 tbsp raw sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- Put the water in a saucepan to boil.
- Then, with the help of a pestle, gently break the ginger or cut into slices.
- Break the cardamom pods in the mortar.
- Add the ginger and cardamom in the water and let it boil.
- Add the black tea and boil for another 2 minutes.
- Add the sugar and mix well until dissolved.
- Add milk and mix.
- Let it boil for another 2-3 minutes.
- Turn off the fire and with the aid of a sieve, transfer the masala chai to a cup.
- It is ready to serve.
- In India, there is a tradition of pouring the masala chai from one glass to another to oxygenate the chai before drinking. If you try it for the experience of tradition, be careful not to get burned.
- There are several variations of Indian masala chai that add other spices. To spice up the masala chai, you can include:
- Black pepper, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, fennel seeds. Do not forget to break the spice in a pestle before adding it to the pan.
- You can also add bay leaves.
Relaxing music, a book and a homemade cake go well with Indian masala chai, besides any kind of Indian snacks (of course).