Making your own Masala Chai

When translated Masala Chai literally means “spiced tea” and traditionally everyone has their own house recipe. So why aren’t we doing that? This is my recipe which I love, but feel free to tweak it to suit your own taste buds, that is half the fun of it!

Masala Chai

Cardamom seed crushed 1 teaspoon

Bay Leaf crushed 1

Dried ginger chunks* 1.5 Tablespoons

Cinnamon Stick broken up 1

Black or White peppercorns 5

Cloves 8

Fennel 1/2 teaspoon

Black Tea (like Darjeeling or Assam) 1/4 cup

* You can use store-bought ginger chunks, or make your own by dicing up fresh ginger – putting it on a baking sheet and oven drying on low (200 deg F) for 20 minutes and then turning the oven off and letting it dry out overnight or at least 6 hours.

try some of these additions for a more unique chai tea

1 whole star anise, broken up

1 teaspoon of dried orange peels

1 whole vanilla pod

Keep your tea in an airtight container and let sit for at least 2 weeks after making for the flavors to really meld together.

I use about 3 tablespoons per cup of chai. I usually use equal parts milk and water with honey to taste, let the mixture come to a boil with the tea and then strain it. To strain, I pour the tea into a french press and let that do the work for me!


you can easily make a concentrate for easy iced chai’s!

Use the whole recipe above and boil with 5 cups of water and 1/4 cup of honey or sugar (or adjust to your own sweetness preference), let steep for 10 minutes strain and cool. Keep in fridge for no more than 7 days.

you could also freeze the concentrate into ice-cube trays for a more long-term chai concentrate. When feeling like a quick chai-fix , pop one or two cubes out and pour it into a glass of milk or “re-constitute” the chai with a cup of boiling water in the mug.



    • Hi there. What an awesome compliment! Thank you so much!! If you get around to making your own, let me know how you like it!

  1. So ‘masala’ is a mix of those spices?

    Also, I love masala chai. In Dar es Salaam, you could get masala chai everywhere accompanied by samosas with a coconut dipping sauce. Got any recipes for that?

    Diggin’ the blog;)


  2. Oh man. So recently one my favorite things has been a chai latte with 2 shots of espresso in it. However getting one of these a day has started to get kind of expensive. I was at the market recently and picked up a bottle of that flavored coffee mate (yes the kind you get with your coffee at 7-11 or the gas station) in chai to add to my home-made coffee.. And now I’m HOOKED! I’m so ashamed! Especially after seeing this!!!!

    • saaaaach!!! hello!!!! a chai latte with 2 shots of espresso sounds awesome actually, i think i would die of a heart attack though haha. how are you lovely lady!?

  3. This I am going to try. I love Chai, but its impossible to find around here – unless I take a one and half hour drive over to the Southern Highlands. Thank you!

    • A small price to pay for living in the beautiful southern highlands 🙂 hopefully you enjoy is recipe as much as I do!

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