How To Make Masala Chai At Home (Masala Tea Recipe) | Authentic Masala Tea

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Masala chai, often simply referred to as chai, is a beloved beverage that holds a special place in the hearts of tea enthusiasts around the world. With its origins deeply rooted in Indian culture, masala chai has gained popularity far beyond its homeland and has become a cherished drink globally.

Combining the rich flavors of tea, aromatic spices, milk, and sweeteners, masala chai offers a delightful and invigorating experience for tea lovers.

The term “chai” simply means tea in many languages, but when people refer to masala chai, they are specifically referring to the spiced tea that has become synonymous with Indian culture. Masala, meaning “spice,” is an essential component of this beverage, lending it a distinctive and tantalizing taste.

The traditional recipe for masala chai typically includes black tea leaves, whole spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and black peppercorns. These ingredients are combined with milk or can use almond milk also and sweetened with sugar or other sweeteners, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors that awaken the senses.

The preparation of masala chai is an art in itself. The spices are gently simmered with water to release their flavors and aroma, then the tea leaves are added, followed by milk and sweeteners. The concoction is simmered again, allowing the flavors to meld and create a warm, comforting brew that is as soothing as it is flavorful.

Whether enjoyed during a morning routine breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or as a cozy evening snacks indulgence, masala chai has become a staple beverage for tea enthusiasts seeking a unique and satisfying experience. Its exotic blend of spices, coupled with its comforting nature, has transformed it into a global sensation that continues to capture the hearts and taste buds of tea lovers everywhere.

 

Spices & Herbs I Add

Cardamom: Green cardamom pods are a quintessential ingredient in masala chai. Crush a few pods or use powdered cardamom to add a distinct and aromatic flavor.

Cinnamon: A cinnamon stick or powdered cinnamon adds a warm and slightly sweet taste to the chai.

Cloves: Whole cloves contribute a strong and pungent flavor to the tea. You can add a few cloves to the brew for a spicy kick.

Ginger: Fresh ginger, grated or sliced, imparts a zesty and slightly fiery taste. It adds a refreshing element to masala chai.

Black Peppercorns: A few whole black peppercorns can provide a subtle heat to the chai, balancing the sweetness and enhancing the overall flavor.

Star Anise: This spice adds a hint of licorice-like flavor and a subtle sweetness to the masala chai.

Nutmeg: A small amount of freshly grated nutmeg can lend a warm and earthy note to the chai.

Fennel Seeds: Fennel seeds can add a touch of sweetness and a mild licorice flavor to the masala chai.

Remember to crush or lightly grind the whole spices before adding them to the tea to release their flavors. The amount of each spice can be adjusted according to personal preference and desired intensity.

Additionally, some variations of masala chai may include herbs such as mint leaves or tulsi (holy basil) to impart a fresh and herbal twist to the beverage.

Feel free to experiment with different combinations of spices and herbs to create your own unique masala chai blend that suits your taste preferences.

Which tea to Use

Black Tea: Black tea is the most commonly used base for masala chai. It provides a robust and bold flavor that pairs well with the spices and milk. Assam tea, Darjeeling tea, Ceylon tea, or any other strong black tea variety can be used.

Assam Tea: Assam tea is a type of black tea known for its rich and malty flavor. It adds depth to the masala chai and complements the spices nicely.

Darjeeling Tea: Darjeeling tea is a fragrant and delicate black tea with floral and muscatel notes. It creates a lighter and more nuanced version of masala chai.

Chai Tea Blend: Some tea brands offer pre-blended chai tea specifically designed for making masala chai. These blends often include a combination of black tea and spices, making it convenient and easy to prepare.

Green Tea: While masala chai traditionally uses black tea, you can experiment with using green tea as a base for a lighter and more refreshing version of masala chai. Green tea pairs well with milder spices and can create a unique flavor profile.

How to Make Masala Tea

  • Firstly take dori danda and put 4-5 black peppercorns, 2-3 green cardamom pods, 4-5 cloves, 1 inch fresh ginger (peeled and grated)  & 1 cinnamon stick in it. Beat it with danda till the spices get crushed.
  • Make sure that the spices should be fully beaten up.
  • Afterwards, put a pan on flame. Pour 2 cups water and ready spices mixture into it.
  • Now add 2 teaspoons sugar or as per required.
  • Append 1 teaspoon tea leaves.
  • Heat the mixture for about 2 minutes.
  • Last but not the least pour 1 cup milk and heat till it boils.
  • Transfer the ready tea into the cups.

 

Your Masala Tea is ready to serve. Make sure serve it immediately after transferring in the cups.

Expert Tips

Use Fresh Ingredients: Opt for fresh spices, such as whole cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks, and grate fresh ginger. Using fresh ingredients ensures a more vibrant and aromatic flavor in your masala chai.

Customize Spice Blend: Experiment with the ratio and combination of spices to create your own signature masala chai blend. Adjust the quantities of spices based on your taste preferences and desired intensity of flavors.

Toast the Spices: For an added depth of flavor, consider toasting the whole spices in a dry pan before adding them to the chai. Toasting releases the essential oils in the spices and intensifies their aroma.

Steep Tea Leaves Properly: Steep the tea leaves for the right amount of time. Over-steeping can result in a bitter taste, while under-steeping may make the tea weak. Follow the recommended steeping time mentioned on the tea packaging or adjust based on your preference.

Choose the Right Tea: Experiment with different types of black teas like Assam, Darjeeling, or Ceylon to find the one that suits your taste. Each tea variety has unique characteristics that can influence the flavor of your masala chai.

Simmer with Care: Pay attention to the simmering process. Simmering the tea and spices allows their flavors to blend harmoniously. Be careful not to let the chai boil vigorously as it can cause the milk to curdle.

Use Fresh Ingredients: Opt for fresh spices, such as whole cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks, and grate fresh ginger. Using fresh ingredients ensures a more vibrant and aromatic flavor in your masala chai.

Customize Spice Blend: Experiment with the ratio and combination of spices to create your own signature masala chai blend. Adjust the quantities of spices based on your taste preferences and desired intensity of flavors.

FAQs

Q: Can I use pre-packaged chai tea bags instead of loose tea leaves?

A: Absolutely! Using pre-packaged chai tea bags is a convenient option and can still yield a flavorful cup of masala chai. Just follow the instructions on the tea packaging and adjust the quantity of milk and spices accordingly.

 

Q: Can I make masala chai without milk?

A: Yes, you can make masala chai without milk. Simply omit the milk and follow the rest of the recipe. You can replace the milk with water or a non-dairy milk alternative like almond milk or coconut milk if you prefer a creamy texture without dairy.

 

Q: Can I make a larger batch of masala chai?

A: Certainly! You can easily scale up the recipe to make a larger batch of masala chai. Just adjust the quantities of ingredients accordingly, maintaining the desired ratio of tea, spices, milk, and sweetener.

 

Q: Can I store leftover masala chai?

A: It is best to enjoy masala chai fresh. However, if you have leftover masala chai, you can refrigerate it in a covered container for up to 1-2 days. Reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving. Note that the flavors may slightly change upon reheating.

 

Q: Can I make masala chai without sweetener?

A: Yes, you can omit the sweetener if you prefer unsweetened masala chai. The spices and tea still impart their flavors, providing a delightful and aromatic beverage. Feel free to adjust the recipe according to your taste preferences.

 

Q: Can I customize the spice blend in masala chai?

A: Absolutely! Masala chai is highly customizable, and you can adjust the spice blend to your liking. Experiment with different spices like star anise, nutmeg, or fennel seeds, and find the combination that pleases your taste buds the most.

 

Q: Can I make masala chai using a tea infuser or tea strainer?

A: Yes, if you are using loose tea leaves and whole spices, you can use a tea infuser or tea strainer to contain the ingredients while steeping in the water. This makes it easier to strain out the tea leaves and spices later.

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Masala Tea Recipe Card

North Indian Kitchen
Masala Tea is the best beverage in the morning or evening of Indians. It can be take in morning with breakfast or evening with snacks .
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2
Calories 59 kcal

Equipments

1 Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 teaspoons Loose Black Tea/2 tea bags
  • 1 inch Fresh Ginger (peeled & grated)
  • 2-3 Green Cardamom pods (crushed)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Black Peppercorns
  • 1 cup Milk (dairy/plant-based)
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar/as per taste

Instructions
 

  • Firstly take dori danda and put 4-5 black peppercorns, 2-3green cardamom pods, 4-5 cloves & 1 cinnamon stick in it. Beat it withdanda till the spices get crushed.
    2. Make sure that the spices should be fully beaten up.
    3. Afterwards, put a pan on flame. Pour 2 cups water and ready spices mixture into it.
    4. Now add 2 teaspoons sugar or as per required.
    5. Append 1 teaspoon tea leaves.
    6. Heat the mixture for about 2 minutes.
    7. Last but not the least pour 1 cup milk and heat till it boils.
    8. Transfer the ready tea into the cups.
    Your Masala Tea is ready to serve.

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Notes

  • For an added depth of flavor, consider toasting the whole spices in a dry pan before adding them to the chai. Toasting releases the essential oils in the spices and intensifies their aroma.
  • Steep the tea leaves for the right amount of time. Over-steeping can result in a bitter taste, while under-steeping may make the tea weak. Follow the recommended steeping time mentioned on the tea packaging or adjust based on your preference.
  • Experiment with different types of black teas like Assam, Darjeeling, or Ceylon to find the one that suits your taste.
Nutrition Facts
Masala Tea Recipe Card
Amount per Serving
Calories
59
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
3
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
26
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
75
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
51
IU
1
%
Vitamin B1
 
1
mg
67
%
Vitamin B2
 
1
mg
59
%
Vitamin B3
 
1
mg
5
%
Vitamin B6
 
1
mg
50
%
Vitamin B12
 
1
µg
17
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Vitamin D
 
1
µg
7
%
Vitamin E
 
1
mg
7
%
Vitamin K
 
1
µg
1
%
Calcium
 
57
mg
6
%
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
 
2
µg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Magnesium
 
12
mg
3
%
Phosphorus
 
30
mg
3
%
Zinc
 
1
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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