Easy Masala Chai (Tea) Recipe

Easy Masala Chai (Tea) Recipe

Easy Masala Chai (Tea) Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 2 cups


  • 2 1/4 cups Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 whole Cloves
  • 4 Green Cardamom Pods, Cracked Open and Deseeded
  • 3 Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 inch Fresh Ginger, Peeled and Thinly Sliced
  • 3 tsp Loose Leaf Back Tea
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 4 tsp Sugar


  • Heat a medium saucepan over high heat. Add water, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pods, black peppercorns, fennel seeds (if using), and ginger. (See Note 2) Bring to a boil and add the tea bags or leaves.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 7-10 minutes, depending on how strong you’d like the tea and spices. It will turn a deep burgundy color and reduce slightly.
  • Add milk and sugar and stir. Raise the heat to high (or allow the milk to come to a boil on its own, as I do on any given day). Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • When ready to serve, raise the heat to high and allow it to come to a rolling boil for 1-2 minutes, depending on how 'cooked' you like the milk. (See Note 3) If you’d like, use a ladle to aerate the chai to deepen the flavor and make it creamier.
  • Pour into cups through a strainer and add more sweetener, if desired.

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