Armor Yourself Against the Cold with this Classic Masala Chai

January 21, 2019

Classic Masala Chai

From vibrant Indian markets to your kitchen.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword cardamom, chai, cinnamon, classic, ginger, masala
Author Déja Todman


  • cups milk
  • 14 green cardamom pods lightly crushed, or ¾ teaspoon cardamom seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 piece fresh ginger 1½ inch, unpeeled, coarsely grated
  • 1 cinnamon stick 3-inches
  • 6 teaspoons strong loose leaf black tea or 6 tea bags
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring ginger, cinnamon, and 3½ cups water to a boil. Lower the heat to simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquid is reduced by one-third and fragrant.
  2. Remove pan from heat, stir in tea and cardamom, and let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Return the pan to medium-high heat and stir in milk and maple syrup. Cook, keeping your eye on it, until mixture begins to foam up and boil, about 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Strain chai through a fine-mesh sieve into a teapot or pitcher and serve.
  4. Enjoy! 😀

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