Masala Chai (Chai Tea Recipe)


Cinnamon Tree Organics Masala Chai

Let's be honest. Saying "chai tea" sounds like nails against a chalkboard to us. The name's Chai — Masala Chai. "Masala" means spice, "chai" means tea. Masala chai = spiced tea. Geddid?

We make a mean cup from scratch that's better than many you can buy from cafes. Try it yourself — the full recipe follows. But for those times that you're in a hurry, we also have the perfectly balanced chai blend made from fresh, organic, single-origin spices and world-famous Ceylon black tea.

Ingredients for chai

For 2 servings

How to make masala chai at home

  1. Using a mortar and pestle, spice grinder or the back of a knife, crush the cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon stick and black peppercorn into large pieces. Do not grind completely.
  2. Add water to a pot with the crushed spices, pinch of nutmeg and chopped ginger (peeling is optional). Bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Turn off the heat, add tea bags, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bags. Add milk and don’t skimp on the sugar. That’s what will take it over the finish line. A real cup of masala chai is sweet, spicy and milky. 
  5. Optional: If you like a steaming hot cup of chai, heat on low until steam rises and edges start to bubble, about 1 minute.
  6. Strain into mugs and enjoy.

Note on tea:

  • Strong black tea such as English Breakfast and Orange Pekoe are best for making masala chai.
  • If you like loose leaf tea, use about 1 ½ tbsp of strong black loose leaf tea.

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