Masala Chai Tea Recipe-Authentic Desi Chai Tea Recipe

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Perfectly spiced desi masala chai tea is what all desis desire, it’s a morning and evening routine in all households in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Today, we bring to you the easiest most balanced masala chai recipe that will get you hooked!

Tried our recipe? let us know the outcomes in the comments below!

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From one desi to another, we simply cannot live without chai (you’ll agree on this even if you aren’t a big fan). This masala chai tea recipe and make ahead masala powder will teach you how to make this delicious drink.

Chai wallah’s in the sub-continent have their own blend of spices to make this special masala chai tea. Today no only are we going to teach you how to brew a perfect desi cup of chai, we are also going to give you the recipe for your own homemade masala blend so you can enjoy this drink whenever you like!

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Ingredients You’ll Need For This Masala Chai Tea Recipe

For Masala Chai Powder:

For The Tea:

Tools You’ll Need

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How To Make Masala Chai Tea At Home?

Grind up the cloves, cinnamon, star anise, peppercorns and cardamom using a mortar and pestle. Crush them finely or a little coarsely to bring out the flavour of the spices. If you prefer to use a spice blender/grinder for doing this quickly!

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a kettle or a saucepan. Add the black tea powder and let it simmer on a low flame. You can add as much or as little of the tea powder as you want to depend on how strong you like to have your tea.

We usually add a tablespoon of tea powder or tea leaves because we like our tea strong. If you’re using tea bags use 1-2 or more depending on how strong you want the tea to brew!

Add one tablespoon of the spice powder and the ginger to the brewed tea. You can also add sugar at this point in the recipe. We add 2 teaspoons but you can adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste.

As the tea is simmering, add the milk in it according to your preference and how light or dark you want your tea to get. Let it simmer until it gets to 1 and 1/2 cups in quantity. Or until it turns a little dark in colour also simmering the tea on a low flame thickens it slightly and gives a deep flavour.

You can taste it and add more milk if you want a lighter colour but then simmer it for a little longer so the flavour of raw milk disappears. This will take about a minute. Strain the masala chai tea in your serving cups and enjoy it at any time of the day!!!

Expert Tips For Best Masala Chai Tea Outcomes

Tea Power Or Tea Leaves?

Use tea powders or tea leaves that are strong and rich in flavour and those that give the darkest of colour but it does not need to be expensive. Just something strong enough to hold the flavour of the spices.

Saffron For A Deep Flavour

You can also add a few strands of saffron to your masala chai tea to give it a more delicious flavour.

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Substitutes

Milk Substitutes

Typically, whole milk is used in the making of masala chai but you can also use almond milk or oat milk if you are cutting back on dairy.

Make It Lighter Or Richer

If you want your tea to be a little lighter then you can cut some water with milk in your masala chai tea or if you like it rich then you can use milk as it is.

Sweeten Your Masala Chai

You can sweeten your masala chai tea with jaggery, honey or maple syrup instead of sugar. You can use 2 to 3 teaspoons of maple syrup to balance out the flavour of the tea and spices but it really just depends on your preference.

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Make-Ahead And Storage

For Masala Chai Tea

You can make a big batch of the masala chai without the milk and refrigerate it for up to 4 days. Just heat it with the milk and sweetener whenever you want.

For Masala Chai Powder

You can also make a big batch of masala chai powder and store it in an airtight glass jar or any airtight container!

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Masala Chai Tea Recipe-Authentic Desi Chai Tea Recipe

Perfectly spiced desi masala chai tea is what all desis desire, it’s a morning and evening routine in all households in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Today, we bring to you the easiest most balanced masala chai recipe that will get you hooked!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani
Keyword masala chai, masala chat tea recipe, recipe, spiced tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 103kcal
Author Hearty Cook Book

Equipment

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon       
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Mortar and pestle set
  • Spice grinder

Ingredients

For Masala Chai Powder

Instructions

  • Grind up the cloves, cinnamon, star anise, peppercorns and cardamom using a mortar and pestle. Crush them finely or a little coarsely to bring out the flavour of the spices. If you prefer to use a spice blender/grinder for doing this quickly!
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a kettle or a saucepan. Add the black tea powder and let it simmer on a low flame. You can add as much or as little of the tea powder as you want to depend on how strong you like to have your tea.
  • We usually add a tablespoon of tea powder or tea leaves because we like our tea strong. If you’re using tea bags use 1-2 or more depending on how strong you want the tea to brew!
  • Add one tablespoon of the spice powder and the ginger to the brewed tea. You can also add sugar at this point in the recipe. We add 2 teaspoons but you can adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste.
  • As the tea is simmering, add the milk in it according to your preference and how light or dark you want your tea to get. Let it simmer until it gets to 1 and 1/2 cups in quantity. Or until it turns a little dark in colour also simmering the tea on a low flame thickens it slightly and gives a deep flavour.
  • You can taste it and add more milk if you want a lighter colour but then simmer it for a little longer so the flavour of raw milk disappears. This will take about a minute. Strain the masala chai tea in your serving cups and enjoy it at any time of the day!!!

Notes

Substitutes

Milk Substitutes

Typically, whole milk is used in the making of masala chai but you can also use almond milk or oat milk if you are cutting back on dairy.

Make It Lighter Or Richer

If you want your tea to be a little lighter then you can cut some water with milk in your masala chai tea or if you like it rich then you can use milk as it is.

Sweeten Your Masala Chai

You can sweeten your masala chai tea with jaggery, honey or maple syrup instead of sugar. You can use 2 to 3 teaspoons of maple syrup to balance out the flavour of the tea and spices but it really just depends on your preference.

 

Make-Ahead And Storage

For Masala Chai Tea

You can make a big batch of the masala chai without the milk and refrigerate it for up to 4 days. Just heat it with milk and sweetener whenever you want.

For Masala Chai Powder

You can also make a big batch of masala chai powder and store it in an airtight glass jar or any airtight container!

 

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Calories: 103cal | Carbohydrates: 17.7g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 3.1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 200.9mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 12.2g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Calcium: 367mg | Iron: 1mg

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