Authentic Chai Masala Tea Preparation - Indian Street Chai

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Authentic Chai Masala Blend: A Warming and Flavorful Chai Recipe

Chai is a delicious and warming drink that has been enjoyed for centuries in India. This recipe for authentic Indian Street Chai is a simple and easy-to-make version of this classic drink. The chai masala blend is a blend of spices that gives chai its unique flavor. The blend typically includes cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and cloves. These spices are combined with milk, water, and black tea to create a flavorful and aromatic drink. The word "chai" means "tea" in Hindi. Chai has been enjoyed in India for centuries, and it is believed to have originated in the ancient kingdom of Assam. The chai masala blend is a blend of spices that was originally used to preserve tea leaves. Over time, the blend became popular for its flavor, and it is now used to make chai all over the world.

To make authentic chai masala, simply combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes, or until the flavors have melded. Strain the chai into a cup and enjoy. This recipe is a great way to enjoy the flavors of India at home. It is also a relatively easy recipe to make, so it is perfect for a weeknight chai craving. Often, I will make large batches and store in the refrigerator in a glass jar writing the expiration date of the milk on the container to remind me of the date of which I need to use it by.


1/4 tsp Authentic Chai Masala Blend - this is spicy so start small and add more if you like
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. Assam Chai Base black tea
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 to 2 tsp. Chai Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, or Cardamom Sugar


Pour all ingredients into a (preferably spouted) saucepan.

Place over medium heat.

Allow to heat until small bubbles appear around the perimeter of the milk.

Stir the chai, scraping the bottom to avoid scalding the milk.

When the milk comes to a boil, turn off the heat and stir well and add tea leaves.

Bring to a boil once again, turn off the heat and stir well.

Allow to steep for 4 to 5 minutes.

Strain carefully into a cup, and serve. 

1 Review

  • 5
    Making Chai Easy and Tasty!

    Published by Mary on Jul 30th 2021

    I like several things about this blend - it has just enough kick, is super easy to use, and is very flexible. I've used it to make a syrup similar to those you'd buy at the grocery store, but I get to control the sweetener. I can make a single cup of masala chai the long way with the boiling twice, or I can make a pot by adding it to my Assam in my Salton kettle and steeper (which I also got from The Spice and Tea Shoppe and LOVE), hitting the boiling level heat and creating a nice cuppa then topping off with almond milk and honey. Also, if you decide you want a little something extra (I add some chopped tumeric root and a bit of fresh ginger root) you can toss them in and customize a bit more. If you want to make a masala chai glaze for a cake - this is PERFECT to add to create the flavor (I admit to being too lazy to make the cinnamon roll recipe on the spice and tea shoppe site, but the glaze works just fine on a box cake!) If you can't tell, this chai masala is an absolute staple at my house.

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