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Indian Masala Chai


  • whole cloves
  • cardamom pods
  • cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • cups water
  • 1teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1cup milk
  • tablespoons granulated sugar
  • tablespoons black tea (decaf is best)


  1. In a mortar, crush the cloves, cardamom pods and cinnamon, or use a coffee grinder.
  2. Transfer the crushed spices to a small saucepan, add the water, ginger and pepper and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the milk and sugar to the pan and bring to a boil.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the tea.
  6. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes.
  7. Stir the chai, then strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into teacups.
  8. Enjoy!