Homemade Masala Chai

February 18, 2013

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)
In This Recipe


  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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