Masala chai recipe – masala tea or masala chai is one of the favorite drinks among Indians especially during the monsoon and cold winters. It is believed that it keeps the body warm and break up the blocked sinus. A large population drink it around the year along with their breakfast.
Masala meaning a mixture of spices, is used to make milk tea. To make masala tea, one can use any of their favorite spices like star anise, green cardamoms, cloves, fennel, cinnamon, pepper corn and nutmeg. Masala chai is made in so many flavors all to suit one’s liking.
There are 2 basic ways to make it. The first method is making instantly with just 3 to 4 basic spices, crushing them and then making it right away. We don’t need any tea masala for this. You can find this method on this post of How to make quick masala tea at home. If you drink chai occasionally then it will be useful.
If you wish to enjoy masala chai regularly, then this second method is for you. In this method, we will be making the Tea masala powder first and stock it to use as and when needed.
I am sharing the recipe which closely matches the flavors of the masala chai available in good Standard Indian restaurants.
Masala chai recipe card below
- 1 tsp. or 5 grams Green cardamoms skinned (elaichi)
- ½ tsp. or 2 grams cloves / lavang
- 2.5 to 3 grams cinnamon (dalchini)
- ¼ tsp. or 1.5 grams fennel seeds (saunf)
- ¼ to ½ tsp pepper corn or ½ tsp. powder
- ½ tsp. nutmeg grated or ⅓ of large nutmeg
- 2 petals of star flower / star anise (chakri phool)
- ¾ cup milk (180 ml)
- 1 ¼ cup water (240 ml)
- ½ tsp. masalapowder (you can increase slightly for stronger tea)
- 1 tsp. tea powder (adjust to suit your taste)
- 1 tsp. freshly chopped or crushed ginger (optional)
- Sugar as needed 2 to 3 tsps
- Add all the spices to blender jar and powder finely.
- Store it in an airtight glass jar.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add crushed ginger, spice powder and tea powder. Boil for about 2 to 3 minutes or till the flavors are infused well.
- Add milk and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Filter it to the steel cups or serving cups.
- Serve hot or warm
How to make masala tea recipe
1. To make this firstly, whole dry spices or masala are ground to powder.
2. Then used to infuse the chai with this powder. This can be bottled and stored for further use.
3. To make masala tea, fresh ginger, chai powder, and spice powder are simmered in water to infuse the flavors.
4. Simmer the black tea. Chai made on a low flame tastes best.
5. Milk and sweetener are added to the simmering masala black tea.
Fresh holy basil (tulsi) or mint can also be used for variations.
Masala chai is filtered.
Serve masala chai hot or warm.