Masala Chai Recipe. From India, With Love.

Masala Chai Recipe From The Heart Of India

Chai Cha Chai Chai Cha Cha Chai!! Dreaming of the sights, smells and tastes of India. Such a colourful country, ready to tantalize all the senses. Right now, for me its the rich aroma of cinnamon, the indulgence of creamy dairy mixed with black tea, all topped off with a Chai Wallah serving up a fresh glass of 5 Rupee Masala Chai. Sigh*

“Cardamom has widespread use in traditional medicine. The possibility that this spice contains properties that stop blood cells sticking together and prevents the growth of cancer cells is currently being investigated.”

Some of my most treasured memories of India revolve around a glass of Masala Chai. From dining on roof tops overlooking the Taj Mahal, to long train journey’s with new friends. Masala Chai really is an integral part of Indian culture and cuisine, as it is to any visitors experience of this beautiful country.

Taj Mahal India 2008 Masala Chai Recipe

Taj Mahal, India

This Recipe Redux challenge was to recreate a healthy, winter warming drink. Masala Chai is something dear to my heart and I thought this the prefect opportunity to share. For an authentic recreation use full fat cows milk, organic is best. Honey is my sweetener of choice, but feel free to use whatever your heart desires.

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Recipe for Masala Chai Recipe, With Love From India

Makes 4 cups of Masala Chai
Recipe by Rachel
Total Time To Finish: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients for Masala Chai Recipe, With Love From India

2 cups of water
1 stick of cinnamon
4 cardamom pods
4 cloves
4 inches of fresh ginger*
8 whole black peppercorns
2 cups organic milk or milk alternative
1 tbsp. honey or to taste
2 tbsp. Fair Trade loose black tea

*or 1 tsp ground ginger

Method for Masala Chai Recipe, With Love From India

To prepare spices, break cinnamon stick into small pieces. Next smash cardamom pods open on a cutting board with the flat end of a knife; you will be using the pod shells and the seeds.

Place the water, cardamom, cloves, ginger and peppercorns in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower the heat and add your milk. Once it returns to a boil remove from heat.

Add the loose tea and honey. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes or longer if you prefer your chai strong.

Strain the mixture and compost the remaining tea and spices. Delicious!

Amritsar Golden Temple, Punjab, India

Amritsar Golden Temple, Punjab, India

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4 Responses to “Masala Chai Recipe. From India, With Love.”

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  1. Marisa says:

    This looks so warm and inviting! I love chai.

  2. Eat Chic says:

    This looks like the perfect winter drink! Do you think coconut milk would be a good milk alternative substitution, or would the flavor overpower the rest of the chai?

    • Rachel says:

      Oh wow! That’s an idea! It definitely wouldn’t be a traditional chai but I think a whole other category of awesomeness! I will give it a try next time around, I’ll keep u posted :)

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