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Recipe: Masala Chai
Masala Chai

Masala Chai

Masala Chai widenly known as Chai tea; originating in India, is a cultural emblem with roots deeply embedded in daily life. This aromatic blend of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper has transcended borders, becoming a global phenomenon. Traditionally prepared by boiling the spices with tea leaves in milk and water, chai is a comforting ritual that fosters connection. As it permeates cafes worldwide, chai adapts, with Western iterations like chai lattes. In each sip, we taste not just a blend of flavours but a journey through centuries, embracing the communal essence and cultural richness that define the art of chai. Beyond its delightful taste, chai embodies a sense of community and shared moments, making it more than just a beverage—it's a tapestry of tradition and connection that unites tea enthusiasts across the globe.

  1. Boil the water with crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black peppercorns in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes to infuse the spices.

  2. Add  loose tea leaves to the simmering spice-infused water. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes.

  3. Pour in milk and stir well. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes, allowing flavours to meld and the mixture to heat through.

  4. Sweeten to taste with sugar or agave, adjusting sweetness to your liking. Optionally, add a pinch of nutmeg or a dash of vanilla extract for extra flavour.

  5. Strain out loose tea leaves and spices.

  6. Pour into mugs or glasses and optionally garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of frothed milk.


Enjoy your homemade spiced Masala Chia, perfect for cozy autumn mornings or as an evening treat.