Masala Chai

Masala chai is a sweet, milky, spiced black tea drink popular throughout India and in Indian restaurants around this country. It's easy to make at home once you have the various Indian spices.

Serves: 3Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 3


  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 1⁄2 cups water
  • 1 1⁄2 cups light cream
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 2 bags Earl Grey black tea


  • Crush the cardamom and cloves with a mortar and pestle, or by rolling over them with a rolling pin.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water and cream to a boil. Add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Add the crushed spices, ginger, and cinnamon. Bring back to a boil. Add the teabags, then remove the pan from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain and serve.