Cardamom Chai or Elaichi Chai with milk is a wonderful Indian style tea that is perfect on its own or for use in recipes. It uses only cardamom to delicately fragrance creamy tea. 

indian cardamom chai tea served in a cup saucer on black backboard


I love Indian tea in all its wondrous varieties. Karak Chai, Masala Chai, and Cardamom Chai all have their moments of glory in our household. 

Cardamom Chai is a rich drink and is flavoured only with cardamom. I love this tea because you get the full effect of the cardamom without any interference of other spices. 

Homemade Cardamom Chai is well worth the effort to make. 

Where to use Cardamom Chai

Cardamom Chai is so versatile and goes great in other recipes. 

We love using Cardamom Chai in our Chai Peda

Or why not treat yourself to Cardamom Chai Kulfi in the Summer?

We want very thick and creamy cardamom chai for these recipes so make sure you use whole milk to make the tea with very little water!

Ingredients for Cardamom Chai

Cardamom - use fresh cardamom/elaichi for the best taste. Ground cardamom or cardamom seeds will not give the same great taste

Black Tea - we have used loose tea but you can also use teabags

Milk - use milk with a higher fat percentage such as whole milk for the creamiest tea

Sugar - we have used white granulated sugar

How to make Cardamom Chai

Follow the step by step instructions below for the best cardamom chai

1. Add 2 tbsp crushed cardamom to a milk pan.

2. Add 2 tsp loose tea.

3. Add 1/4 cup water.

4. Allow the water to boil and let the water reduce to almost 2-3 tbsp. 

5. Add 1 cup milk.

6. Add 1 tsp sugar. (if you like sweeter tea, add 2-3)

7. Allow milk to boil and tea to cook for approx. 5 mins and strain using a fine strainer into the serving cups. 

8. Enjoy hot. 

cardamom chai served with ginger nut cookies

What to serve with Cardamom Chai?

We love cardamom chai on its own but sometimes can't resist to pick up a couple of nankhatai or coconut wholewheat cookies . 

Chai pair so well Indian parathas, for breakfast or brunch pair it with gujarati masala bhakhri or kathiyawadi methi thepla 

You can't go wrong if you serve cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches and three-layer chutney aloo bread pakoda  for the afternoon tea. 


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