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How to make authentic Masala Chai, like they do in India, using using whole spices. Vegan and Sugar Free adaptable. #chai #chaitea #masalachai #howtomakechai #masala

Masala Chai Recipe

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 1x
  • Category: drinks, tea, hot beverage
  • Method: stove-top
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Hindu

Description

This authentic Masala Chai recipe is cozy and warm! Learn to make it like they do in India, using fragrant whole spices, black tea, and your choice of milk. 


Ingredients

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  1. 45 whole green cardamom pods (or sub white cardamom pods)
  2. 2 whole cloves
  3. 12 star anise (optional )
  4. 45 peppercorns (optional)
  5. 1 cup of water ( see notes)
  6. 23 slices ginger (or more! skins ok) , or sub 1-2 teaspoons ground ginger
  7. 1/2 cinnamon stick – split lengthwise
  8. 12 tablespoons loose-leaf black tea, (or 12 tea bags) Or sub-decaf black tea
  9. 1 cup milk of your choice- organic whole milk, almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, cashew milk, hemp milk ( I like unsweetened, vanilla-flavored almond or oat milk) See notes for “ratio”.
  10. 23 teaspoons (or more or less) maple syrup, honey, sugar or alternative. (Sugar is traditional, but I prefer maple. )

Instructions

  1. Lightly crush cardamom pods, whole cloves, star anise and peppercorns, and place in a small pot with 1 cup of water. Add ginger and cinnamon.  Muddle the ginger a bit right in the pot.
  2. Bring to a simmer, simmer gently for 5-10 minutes covered, and turn off the heat.
  3. Add the tea (Do not boil the tea, it can get bitter) and let it steep for at least 5-minutes.
  4. Add your choice of milk. Bring to a simmer once more, turn off the heat.
  5. Stir in your choice of sweetener, taste, adding more sweetener to taste. If it tastes bitter, you need more sweetener.  Strain into a chai glass or mug.
  6. Feel the love. xoxo

Notes

TEA: Any dark, rich, robust black tea will work best here. Assam, Darjeeling, etc.  You can also make the tea part as strong as you like. Start with one tablespoon loose leaf tea and add more according to your taste. Use loose-leaf or tea bags.

SPICES: Whole spices are preferred here but in a pinch feel free to add or sub ground spices to taste. You can add the ground spices at the end if you like.

MILK RATIO: you can use all milk if you prefer.  I typically use a ratio of  ½ water and ½ milk. Many prefer the richness of all milk, so feel free to adjust to your taste.

BATCH MAKING: You can make a big batch of the masala chai (without the milk) and refrigerate for up to 4 days, and heat up with the milk and sweetener when ready to serve.

You can add more whole spices and more black tea for an even stronger more concentrated version.

UPDATE: While in Northern India this past month, I had this Chai with the addition of a big handful of fresh mint leaves (simmering in the chai). ABSOLUTELY Delicious! Give it a try!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 16 ounces - using almond milk and 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Calories: 51
  • Sugar: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 100.5 mg
  • Fat: 1.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg