Authentic Indian Masala Chai aka Indian Spiced Milk Tea is prepared with aromatic spices, fresh ginger, black tea, lots of milk and sugar. A warm cup of traditional masala chai with NanKhatai will soothe and refresh your mind and body.

A picture of Indian Masala Chai served in tempered glasses

What is Indian Masala Chai

Masala tea is traditional to India. Masala (read spices) are brewed alongside the water and tea to fragrance the tea. Masala tea also traditionally uses whole milk and sugar which balances out the spices.

In Masala tea, the milk is boiled with the tea rather than added on top which takes away the raw milk flavour from the tea.

Karak or Kadak Chai is a little different from Masala Chai. Karak means strong, so the tea is strongly brewed with tea leaves, water, and milk but there is no addition of Masala.

An image of traditional tempered glasses in which Indian tea is served, particularly from a chaiwala

How Indian Masala Tea is traditionally served

Masala tea served at the roadside is served in either clay cups or tempered glass, like pictured above. The tea is freshly prepared for each customer and served immediately.

I had wanted to post this recipe a long time ago but wanted to serve it like it is served in India. I was waiting to get my hands on 'Chaiwala Cups and Stand'. Recently my best friend Jo went to India and brought them back for me! Thank you, Jo!

There are many types of diffreent tea available in India, such as Chai, Cutting Chai and Kulhadwali Chai and Tandoori Chai along with Masala Chai 😋🍵

Variations of Authentic Masala Chai

In Gujarat, the masala is ground into a powdered tea masala. However, some people do not like the feel of powdered masala and prefer whole spices.

How to make powdered tea masala

You can buy masala tea powder from most Indian grocery stores but the best tea uses fresh homemade tea masala. You will need:

  • whole green cardamom - including the outside skin (NOT black cardamom)
  • cinnamon bark
  • whole black pepper
  • dried ginger powder
  • clove

To make 100g masala powder at a time, use a spice blender to grind 50g of the ginger powder with 20g cardamom, 15 g cinnamon, 10 g back pepper whole, and 5 g clove. This will easily keep well for 6 months. The powder will not go off but will lose its strength over time.

How to make Indian Masala Chai using powdered tea masala

Follow the same steps as if making Masala Chai but add a small amount of powdered tea masala instead of whole spices. To serve 4 people, 1/2 a teaspoon of masala powder is sufficient. This can be adjusted according to how spicy you like your tea.

What goes in Indian Masala Chai (Tea)

Whole milk, to make the tea creamy and bring out the best flavour.

Black loose tea, the stronger the better.

Whole spices such as cinnamon, clove, black pepper and green cardamom

Fresh ginger, grated or pounded

Sugar is must if you want to taste of an authentic masala chai.

●  Water any still water will do but filtered lends beautiful colour in tea.

How to make Best Masala Chai step-by-step 

Printable recipe card with exact measurements and methods below 🢃 To simplify there is cups and tablespoons measurements as well as a metric to this recipe.

1. In a saucepan add water, tea and pounded spices.

2. Add ginger.

3Bring the mixture to boil on medium heat.

4. Add milk.

5. Add sugar.

6. Bring the mixture to boil again.

7. Boil the tea on medium heat for a good couple of minutes.

8. Keep cups and strainer ready.

9. Strain the tea using a strainer. They are available in Indian stores.

10. Enjoy!

Spiced Milk Tea Video


-> Saucepan or milk pan with pouring lips on at least one side is better.

-> Traditional Indian Tea Strainer - with the fine mesh

-> Cheese Grater or Pestle and Mortar to pound the ginger and spices.

Indian masala chai is best accompanied with:

1.Gujarati plain thepla
2.Masala Bhakhri
3.Methi Dhebra
4.Batata Poha
5.Khatta Sandwich Dhokla 

Authentic Indian Masala Chai, Masala Chai, Indian spiced tea
Yield: 2 SERVING



The strong, creamy, sweet and mildly spiced, an authentic Indian tea made using aromatic spices, fresh ginger, black tea, milk and sugar. Now, this what you call Chai :)
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 15 M


  • 1 cup -240ml  Whole milk  or semi-skimmed
  • 1/4 cup -60ml Water ( I use filtered water)
  • 3 tsp. Loose Black Tea 
  • 3/4 tsp. lightly crushed spices (clove, black pepper, cinnamon, green cardamom)
  • 3 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Ginger grated



  1. Place water, spices and tea in a saucepan and bring it to a boil on medium heat.
  2. Add grated ginger.
  3. Once it's come to a boil, add sugar and milk.
  4. Put it back on the heat and bring it to a boil.
  5. Keep stirring it while keeping heat full.
  6. After 4-5 minutes turn off the heat and let it sit for a minute to finish steeping.
  7. Pour into cups or tempered glass, using a mesh strainer.
  8. Enjoy spicy and creamy tea.


You may use shop-bought or homemade Tea or Chai Masala Powder.
Sugar can be skipped totally, instead honey, maple or agave syrup can be added once the tea is done.
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  1. This looks amazing! These flavors sound so delicious! I bet it smells divine! :) And, I absolutely LOVE your glassware set!

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment :) you are right, Masala Chai aroma is so good .

  2. I've never made Chai but looking at this recipe I am going to have to change that. I love the look of those spices

    1. Thank you Mark..please do try it out, I am sure you won't regret having it :)

  3. I love the glassware set!!! I've made before Chai but nothing like yours!! Looks delicious.

    1. Thank you so much, Try one more time :)

  4. We usually only drink chai at Christmas time, but this post has me craving some now.

    1. Thank you Danni, go on and invite me :)

  5. This looks amazing! I love the serving dish...My husband loves tea and this is going to be a great treat for him...pinning and sharing, this is fabulous!

    1. Thank you Amanda..please do and let me know how it turns out for you, happy steeping :)


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