Monday, 30 April 2018

Recipe 25: Masala Tea - Spiced Tea Indian Style

Tea or Chai as I would love to call it, is such a comforting drink. And, something that tops it is a Masala Tea.

Recently I joined Quora and have been loving my time there and answering questions and building a large community of inquisitive people who are messaging public and private, and seeking answers to their problems from me.

For the first time, a Quora question sparked the idea of writing a recipe for Spices n Secrets.

I was asked "How to Make a Masala Tea?"

Since, it never occurred to me that something so simple can be hard for someone before today, I never shared any recipe of my style tea or coffee.

But I think I must as there are so many ways to prepare tea, coffee and other hot and cold beverages.

So, lets get on with a recipe for Masala Tea which invariably my husband prepares each Sunday morning.

Ingredients for 1 cup or 300ml of tea:

  1. 3/4 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 2 tsp. strong tea (Refrain from green, Darjeeling or any other kind of mild flavour and color tea)
  4. 1-2 tbsp. plain white sugar
  5. 1 tsp. grated ginger
  6. 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon or less than 1 inch cinnamon stick
  7. 1 whole green cardamom
  8. 2 cloves
  9. 2-3 black pepper corns


Boil water and all the spices till they release their color and aroma.
Boiling will turn water into pale yellow color.
No need to crush the whole spices like cinnamon, pepper corns, cloves and cardamom as the intention is only to get its flavour and smell.
Alternatively you can make a super fine powder of the spices and then add it to the boiling water.
Now add the tea leaves and boil till the liquid turns dark-reddish brown.
Add milk and sugar, and boil further.
After boiling water with spices and tea, the water must reduce to half cup or less.
The addition of 1/2 cup milk will be enough for the finished drink which will be around 3/4 cup.
On low heat let the tea brew for another minute.
Switch off and strain your masala tea.


  • The type of milk will determine the taste of tea. A full cream/fat milk will definitely give a richer taste to your tea as compared to a toned milk.
  • If you prefer toned milk and yet want yummy tasting tea, then reduce the amount of water or you can even omit water completely and prepare tea with toned milk only.
  • Other variants of milk like almond, cashew and soy milk can be also used. Taste will vary.
  • The spices not necessarily have be the ones listed. It can be customised according to taste. Sometimes just a cardamom in tea is lovely. And sometimes grated ginger is fine.

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1 comment:

  1. Oho ye to maine piya tha yad can i forget? wah kya chai thi...