Grandma’s Chai (Dadi Ma Ki Masala Chai)

This milky, sweet, and spicy hot tea is popular at Indian restaurants in this country. In India it is sold by street vendors and made in homes.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 5 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2


  • 2 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 clove
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tea bags or 1 Tbsp. loose tea
  • ¼ tsp. sugar


  • Place the cardamom, clove, water, and milk in a pan over high heat; bring to a boil. Add the tea bags, cover, and turn off the heat. Let the tea steep for 2 minutes; then strain, add sugar, and serve.