Chai is a necessity in India. It's consumed as soon as one wakes up, with their meals and many times in between. Its also served when guests come over, at cricket matches and at weddings! But primarily chai in India serves as a meal replacement for a large number of people – the ingredients are inexpensive, the milk is filling, and the caffeine keeps people going throughout the day. Hope this recipe helps many people globally - this is how we make Masala Chai in our family kitchen!



  1. Cup filtered water
  2. Assam CTC Tea (3 teaspoons per cup)
  3. 1/2 Cup Milk
  4.  Ginger  
  5. 2 pods of Cardamom
  6. Sieve / Strainer


Mortar & Pestle

Step 1

Measure 1 cup water and put to boil. While the water is coming to a boil - press a bit on ginger and 2 cardamom pods (the masala) using a Mam Dasta (Mortar and Pestle)










Put the Mixture into the boiling water

Step 2 

Put the mixture into the boiling water and let it keep boiling


Step 3

Measure 1/2 cup of Milk and add to the pot


Step 4 

Add 3 teaspoons of Assam CTC tea to the pot

Traditional Masala Chai  Dark Brown Colour

Step 5 

Bring the mixture to a boil and let the desired color set in - Dark Brownish (darker the color, stronger the Chai)

Traditional Masala Chai Strain and Enjoy

Step 6 

Sieve it through a strainer and enjoy your Masala Chai! Add sugar if desired