Masala Chai

Course Drinks
Keyword chai, spices, tea, winter


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of black tea (empty out tea bags to make a tablespoon if you don't buy loose leaves)

Add any (or all) of the following:

  • 3 cardamom pods, smashed
  • approximately 1-inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 3-4 peppercorns
  • 1 to 2 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 piece star anise
  • sweetener, to taste (recommended: honey or maple syrup)


  1. Bring water and milk to a simmer with spices in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to lowest setting and add tea. Steep until tea takes on a deep, pinky-tan color, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain into a cup and stir in sweetener to taste.