Homemade Masala Chai

By • February 18, 2013 3 Comments

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Author Notes: The classic sweet and spicy Indian tea, sure to make your home smell fantastic, and the number one way to bribe friends to come over in the wintertime. One Tough Cookie

Serves 1

  • 1 cup milk (or soy milk)
  • 1 splash water
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 3 pieces allspice
  • 1 "thumb" of fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon loose-leaf black tea
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or more, to taste)
  1. Bash all the spices (minus the ginger) in a plastic bag with a rolling pin — or if you want to be classy about it, you can always use a mortar & pestle.
  2. Place all your ingredients — milk, water, spices (with ginger this time), tea, and sugar — into a large pot.
  3. Cook on med-high until boiling, then simmer for 5 minutes or until the milk has turned a milky-brown colour, like cafe au lait.
  4. Strain & sip!

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12 months ago Angie Hepp

Nice to see the addition of allspice and star anise in this recipe. I didn't see it in many of the other recipes on here, but I add it to my own mix, since it brings back memories of my visits to the ethnic markets. Something about the star anise... reminds me of char siu bao, which I miss tremendously since going gluten-free!


over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Always happy to see the word "bash" in recipe instructions; and your description of the alternate method made me chuckle. Been thinking about putting together my own masala chai (having lazily relied on Peet's for the past fifteen years), so I'm looking forward to trying this soon. Thanks for posting this recipe! ;o)


over 2 years ago One Tough Cookie

You're welcome! Let me know how you like it!