Masala Chai Tea Latte

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Supremely sippable and exotically fragrant, Masala Chai is easy to make at home for an iced drink or a hot one..

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Beverages
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken (or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 810 cardamom pods (or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom)
  • 5 cloves (or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves)
  • 9 black peppercorns (or 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper)
  • 8 coriander seeds (or 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 star anise
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled, ¼-inch slices (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons loose black tea, such as Assam


  1. Grind the whole spices in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder.
  2. Place the milk and water in a medium saucepan and add the spices, ginger and brown sugar. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the milk from boiling over. Remove from the heat and add the tea; steep for 4 minutes. Strain and serve.


I use whole spices here because they deliver more flavor. Whole spices retain fragrant oils longer than ground spices.


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