Feb 18, 2012

Masala Chai / Indian Masala Tea / How to make Masala Tea Powder

In our house evening must have tea, yes it is compulsary..I don’t drink tea daily, but my mother and sister do that. Actually speaking my mum cannot live without tea. What she drink is normal tea flavoured with some ginger or some cardamom and mostly plain. They were great for her..

But if I feel like having a cup of chai , it should be this masala chai..Yes I love it a lot..There is something in that spicy aroma and taste coming from all the spices and ginger which makes me so refreshing.. And the cool thing is, this is great for digestion, since all the spices added in this is so good for you..Have this tea with some tea biscuit, in my case it should be marie biscuits..I dip the biscuits in the tea and have it sip by sip and it will be like heaven.

You can make this powder in bulk and store them in air tight container for up to a month. I would suggest you not to make too much of this powder, because it tends to loose its fresh flavour when stored for a long time.. So if you are making tea tomorrow I hope you will try this and let me know what you think..


Milk – 3 cups
Tea powder – 2 tblspn
Sugar – to taste

For Masala Powder:
Cardamom / Yelakai – 5 Pods
Cinnamon / Pattai - 2 short stick
Cloves / Krambu – 6 pieces
Ginger – 2 tblspn minced
Pepper – 1 tsp


In a dry pan add all the masala powder ingrediants and start roasting. Roast till you get nice aroma from it. Now trasfer this to a bowl and let it cool down completely. Add this to a blender or in a mortar or pestle and grind it to a fine powder. Tranfer it to a air tight container and  store for more than a month.

Now to make masala tea. Heat milk in a sauce pan. When it comes to a boil, add your tea powder and simmer it.

Now add in ginger, sugar, and a tablespoon of your masala tea powder and simmer for 5 mins untill all flavours infuse together.

Strain this mixture in a tea strainer and press it with a spoon to get all flavours from it.

Pour this chai into individual glasses and serve with any cookies.

Take all your ingrediants
Use ur favorite tea powder...In our house we use three roses brand
These are the spices which you need for the masala powder
Add  them to a dry pan and start roasting them
Roast till they smells great and changes a little colour
Then you can powder them in a blender...I used my mortar and pestle
Crush them till they reach into a powder
all powdered
You can store them in a air tight container
Now start making the tea
Bring milk to a boil
add tea powder into this
let it simmer for a while
Now grate some ginger and add it in
add some sugar
now add in the ground masala
and mix well
let it steap for a while
masala tea done
strain it
Use a spoon to press it..This will take all the flavours from the tea
Now you are left with a flavourless tea mixture..Throw this away...
Tea Done
Have it piping hot with some tea biscuits


  1. I could do with a cup right now, it looks perfect.

  2. Masala chai with some Marie biscuits, absolutely my kind of a thing, home-made chai masala looks very good..

  3. ahaa masala chai. my fav. i do buy ready made masala now but my mom used to make this.. if i remember correctly she used dry ginger the sonth type they say. rest same.. but masala chai is always best and in winters even better

  4. Wow, the tea looks very much refreshing. bookmarked.

  5. Love masala chai. Amazingly- every one has their own style of making the masala and the tea.

  6. We love this tea at UAE and call it Karak...i dont know if karak is indian name or no but i think it is the same masala chai

  7. masala chai looks just hot n healthy..im suff vth cold 4m last 2days.vl do this eveng

  8. I like to drink green tea with cinnamon stick and cloves. This recipe sounds similar. I will definitely try it!

  9. Nt tried yet .....simple but impressive

  10. Please can you make Karak chai as my friends telling me it is somewhat differ than masala chai

  11. This chai is perfect for the chilling temperatures hereee....

  12. Wow, Aarthi, this looks amazing, I would so love to be drinking a cup of this hot tea right now. I love exotic tea! (just wrote a post the other day about tea!!) Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe.

  13. Nice post aarthi..not many of us know how to make the masala :)

  14. I've never made this from scratch before but your recipe sounds yummy. I've bookmarking this to try in the near future. Thank you for sharing.

  15. I've been wondering if it can be done,it's not available to buy here. Can I use black tea leaves and grind them? I love your mortar and pestle!

  16. correct chai for this weather... ll try today for sure n save the powder ;)for everyday

  17. Flavourful and perfect for evening....

  18. love this recipe....

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  19. I made it today...not to mention the usual chai was unusually special..thank you so much for sharing this magic mix..

  20. I was in Punjab, at Dera/Beas and I drinked this kind of tea.
    Radha Soami

  21. One of the best well presented recipes i've ever found on net. Many thanks.

  22. i think you didn't add the ginger in the masala powder as shown in: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7038/6892325237_e3bd0c243a.jpg


  23. @mtikYou have to grate that ginger into the milk while it is boiling

  24. Can you plz give the rough size of the cinnamon stick in inches ?

  25. I made t..came out well.. Thanks to yummy tummy

  26. Thank you so so much for sharing. you have made this tea special by having it with Marie biscuits! its my all time childhood favorite. i hv become a better cook by following your simple yet easy to get ingredients in Malaysia. Thank you once again & may the good God bless you!

  27. yummy! yummy! yummy!

  28. One of the yummy and tasty chai ever drink

  29. I can use black paper powder

  30. Aarthi,have u tasted the chai they make at Saravana Bhavan. Absolutely my favorite. Do u know the recipe for it?

  31. Dear Aarthi,have u tasted the chai they make at Saravana Bhavan. Absolutely my favorite. Do you know the recipe for it?


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