Authentic Pakistani Chai Recipe

Authentic Pakistani Chai Recipe

Authentic Pakistani Chai Recipe

Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 2


  • 1 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp  Loose Tea-Leaves 
  • Pinch of Cardamom Powder (optional)
  • Sweetener to taste


  • Place water in a saucepan over high heat. Once it comes to a boil, add tea-leaves or tea bag and cardamom. Reduce the heat to medium and gently allow this to simmer for a minute or two.
  • Add the milk and raise the heat back to high (or allow the milk to come to a simmer on its own). 
  • As it begins to boil, the chai will rise in the saucepan. Remove the pan from heat before it reaches the top of the saucepan. Do this a few times to really develop the flavor while using a ladle to scoop and pour back the chai. Alternately, once it comes to a boil, lower the heat and allow it to simmer to desired strength (~3-5 minutes).
  • Pour this chai through a small sieve into your favorite cups and sweeten using sugar or honey.

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