Masala Chai (Spiced tea/ Masala tea)

Happy monsoon everyone ! Today’s recipe is ‘Masala Chai/Masala Tea’. Enjoy this worldwide famous Indian (hot) beverage this monsoon or winter season. Masala chai tea bags and instant powdered mixtures are easily available in market these days in India, but there is no replacement for freshly prepared powder. When you prepare masala at home you can add or remove (blend your own masala) any spice of your choice. This monsoon/winter season start your day with a cup of masala chai.

You can have this chai/tea (for a change from daily routine chai) during summer season, but with very small amount of masala. Masala/spices used in this tea are known to increase body heat, hence this tea is mostly preferred during cold weather.

Masala Chai / Masala Tea

Masala Chai / Masala Tea

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Video format of recipe

Serve: 2
Duration: 7-8 mins

Ingredients for Masala chai/ Masala Tea

For Masala Powder:

Cinnamon                                                                                    1/2″

Cardamom powder                                                                 1/2 tsp

Black peppercorn                                                                    1/4 tsp

Cloves                                                                                             4-5

Nutmeg                                                                                          half part of small piece

Ginger powder /saunth                                                         1/2 tsp

For Masala tea:

Tea leaves                                                                                       1-2  tsp (depending upon how strong your tea leaves are)

Masala powder                                                                           1/2 tsp

Water                                                                                                1 cup

Milk                                                                                                    1 cup

Sugar                                                                                                 2 tsp (or as per your taste)

Ginger (freshly grated)                                                           1/2 tsp

Tulsi/Basil leaves (Fresh and chopped)                         4 no.

Procedure for Masala Chai / Masala Tea

For masala powder:


  • Grind all the whole spices in a mortar and pestle or mixer coarsely/fine.



  • Mix cardamom powder,  dry ginger powder (saunth) and above masala powder.
  • Mix everything well. Chai masala is ready.

For masala chai:

  • Boil water in a small pot.
  • As water starts boiling, add tea and let it simmer for couple of minutes.


  • Add tea starts boiling add tulsi leaves and masala powder.


  • Now add sugar, keep stirring and let sugar dissolve.


  • Keep stirring and add milk, reduce the flame and add grated ginger, stir tea.


  • Cover the pot with lid and let it simmer for 1-2 mins. Now it is up to you, how long you want to boil your tea, for strong tea boil more.
  • Turn off the flame, keep tea covered for a minute before serving it.


  • Your masala chai is ready to serve !
  • Serve it with pakora/namkeen or any snack of your choice.



  • Some people use fennel seeds and star anise also while preparing masala powder, if you are fan of these two flavours, add that too.
  • Both Assam tea as well as Darjeeling tea  works well to prepare masala tea.


  1. Going to try this 😀

  2. Monsoon and masala tea = awesome combination 🙂 Great post, Alisha <3

  3. Love this recipe, will add it to my weekend to-try-new-things journal. My friend always makes the best chai tea so this can be a start for me.
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    • RasoiRecipe

      July 23, 2016 at 10:35 AM

      Thank you Maria !
      Do try this recipe during winters or rainy season. 🙂
      I am sure your friend will also love this chai. ☺

  4. I have three to four cups of tea everyday, literally cant do without it… great post Alisha…. thx for sharing..xoxo, Neha

  5. Masala chai tea is my favorite! Love your recipe. Will have to try it out soon! 🙂

  6. Alisha nothing like a cup of masala chai and garam garam pakoras on a rainy evening.Would love to try it out on a chiily rainy evening.

    • RasoiRecipe

      July 24, 2016 at 5:38 PM

      Exactly Yamini, Totally agree with you. Nothing like this perfect combo.
      Do try it. It is raining here in my city. 🙂

  7. this looks great!

    Have a great day!
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  8. I love masala tea.. it is the perfect companion for the monsoon season.

    • RasoiRecipe

      August 2, 2016 at 10:32 AM

      I agree Sangeeta.
      Considering flu and other common diseases that monsoon brings, it is perfect to increase your immunity. 🙂

  9. I loved it Alisha. Had to make without Tulsi as I dont have it here. It is a quick pick me up 🙂

    • RasoiRecipe

      August 5, 2016 at 4:54 PM

      Thank you Soumya ! 🙂
      This recipe is perfect for anyone who is suffering from cold and cough or sore throat.

  10. Definitely try it. I Love your masala tea.

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