Masala Chai

As soon as fall set in, my grandmother would ask me to make this chai. While there are many Masala Chai recipes out there, this one is my grandmother’s. So after dinner, she and I would sip on this while watching some repeat telecast of a TV morning show. Over the years, I have tried different versions of masala chai or chai lattes but this one is my favorite. Now that the leaves are turning different shades of fire, this Masala Chai is made often in our home. It is such a cozy drink to have at the end of a day. The trick to making this tea is to let it simmer over low heat for as long as you can. Not only will it enhance all the warm flavors but also make your home smell like the fall season.


  1. Water- 2 cups
  2. Cinnamon stick- 1 (or more if you like)
  3. Cardamom pod- 1
  4. Cloves- 2
  5. Loose black tea powder- 1 tsp (heap)*
  6. Nutmeg- a dash
  7. Sugar- according to taste
  8. Milk- 1/4 cup (more or less according to your liking)


  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, add water, cinnamon stick, cardamom pod, cloves, and loose black tea powder.
  • Let it come to a boil so that tea has brewed well. Lower heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add sugar and milk. Continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add a dash of nutmeg and simmer some more.
  • Pour in two cups and drink hot.

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