Authentic Masala Chai

Authentic Masala Chai

You’ve probably tried a chai latte at some point in your life (usually created with pre-made sugary syrup in many western cafes), but nothing compares to the rich, aromatic flavour of an authentically brewed Masala Chai.

Once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back.


  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 1–2 star anise (optional)
  • 5 peppercorns (optional)
  • 2 slices ginger (or ground ginger)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp black tea (loose leaf or tea bags)
  • 1 cup milk of choice 
  • 2 tbsp sweetener of choice (sugar, maple syrup or honey)


1. Lightly grind cloves, cardamom, star anise and peppercorns and add to a pot of water.

2. Add black tea, cinnamon and ginger.

3. Bring to the boil and softly simmer for at least 10 minutes (the longer the better! Many masala chai connoisseurs will simmer for hours to bring out the full flavour of the spices).

4. Add milk and simmer.

5. Sweeten and strain!

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