Not Chai Tea, Not Chai Tea Latte - Just Chai (aka Indian tea)

Updated: Apr 11

Indian Masala Chai is the lifeline of India, there is no one in India who hasn’t ever had their chai. I think as kids the first thing you are taught at home is how to make chai, so that the parents can enjoy their tea made by kids sometimes rather than having to work hard for it. Haha! At least that was the case at my home. Every corner in India has a chai wala (tea seller) selling tea and is often served in a small earthen pot or glass cups.

The Term ‘Chai’

Chai is a universal term and it is so exciting to see so many people know what "Chai" is. But again it is popularly also known in the western world as Chai Tea Latte which technically means nothing because Chai = Tea and you can’t call something Tea Tea Latte. Chai is always made with Milk and thus adding the word Latte too doesn’t make any sense either. Said correctly or not, now one can deny that the Indian Masala Chai is now making waves throughout the world!

Indian Masala Chai - Recipe

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 10 minutes


For Chai Masala (Makes 25 g)

Add all these spices to a pan on a low flame and stir for 3-4 mins. Transfer this to a pestle and mortar (to make a coarse powder) or to a coffee grinder (to make a fine powder). Store the chai masala in an air tight container and use within a month.

5 simple steps to warm your heart:

  1. In a saucepan, add water bring it to a good boil on medium flame.

  2. Add the black tea leaves and sugar and keep on boiling the water on medium flame.

  3. Add milk to this now and boil it for another 2 mins.

  4. Add 1/4 tsp chai masala and boil for just 1 min.

  5. Using a tea strainer, strain the chai into a cup. These strainers are popularly used by bakers to dust sugar on cakes.

And now you can enjoy your delicious, warm drink with some savoury or sweet Indian snacks!

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Cover Image: Sonaal Bangera

Recipe Image: Mahnoor

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