2 Ways to Make Masala Chai

Two ways to make Masala Chai


Serves: 1 cup or 3 shots


Time: 15 minutes


Chai Masala Mix Ingredients



Chai Ingredients

  • Fresh ginger ½ inch (optional)

  • 1 cup of milk (use whole milk for a rich flavor)

  • 1 cup of water

  • 2 tsp of sugar or honey (optional)

  • 2 - 3 tsp of black tea


Tools needed

  • Cocktail sieve for the traditional method

  • Masala bags for seep method


Traditional Method Instructions: The way many Indian households make chai. Mine is inspired by my Gujarati Urbanite Family, who immigrated to America years ago.


  1. Grind or blend the chai masala above using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. I prefer taking out the cardamom pods, but you can leave them in pods if you like.

  2. Boil a cup of water in a saucepan.

  3. Once the water is boiling, add black chai (tea) and the mix

  4. Continue to let it simmer for a couple of minutes.

  5. OPTIONAL: Mummy’s tip to speed up the process. → Heat the milk in the microwave for 2 minutes.

  6. Add milk to the boiling mixture and continue simmering at reduced heat.

  7. Rushi’s tip: My rule of thumb for khadak (strong) is to keep simmering the mixture until right before it almost boils over when I take it off the burner. Please put it back on the burner and repeat 2 more times. 3 rises make a perfect chai.

  8. When you see a dark brown film on the top, your chai is ready. Most folks don’t eat the film.

  9. Strain strain the chai using a cocktail sieve. Enjoy!


Chai Masala Mix Ingredients

  • 1-2 cardamom pods

  • 1-2 cloves

  • 3-4 black peppercorns

  • 1 cinnamon piece


Chai Ingredients

  • Fresh ginger ½ inch (optional)

  • 1/2 cup of milk (use whole milk for a rich flavor)

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • 2 tsp of sugar or honey (optional)

  • 2 - 3 tsp of black tea


Steep Method Instructions: The modern method you will find at your local coffee shop. I prefer this method during the workday when I am lazy.


  1. Boil water.

  2. Microwave or warm up milk. (Approximately 2 minutes)

  3. Add the portion of Chai Masala and tea to the Masala Bag. Make sure to pull the drawstring. Optional: You might want gently wack the masala bag with a rolling pin to get the spices to crack a bit. It helps to release the aromas and flavors.

  4. Take a cup and add hot water and milk.

  5. Steep the Masala Bag in the water and milk mixture for 2 -3 minutes. More if you like a stronger flavor.

  6. Add sweetener. Take a moment to breathe and enjoy your chai.