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Even though it’s said that winter goes “out like a lamb”, we’re still very much in the “in like a lion” part.

Masala chai is made with warming spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. These spices have numerous health benefits, and really elevate the taste of the chai.

Curl up with a warm mug of masala chai, the perfect companion in cold weather!


  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cups water
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 teabags
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk (can be whole milk, 2%, soy milk, etc)


  1. Pour water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add whole spices, teabags, and sugar to water, simmering for about five minutes, making sure sugar dissolves completely.
  3. To this, slowly add milk. Bring milk to a boil on medium, lowering the heat when the bubbles come close to the top.
  4. When the bubbles recede, turn up the heat again, and repeat this process about three more times, taking care not to allow the milk to boil over.
  5. Remove chai from heat. Strain chai into two mugs through a sieve to separate the solids. Let stand for a few minutes, or until ready to drink.
  6. Enjoy with your favorite snack!

Note: Milk boils very fast, so be sure not to walk away during this part of the process.


  1. Being a Mumbaikar, Chai or Cutting Chai is like a cult cuisine. At home Leena too have her Magic powder. I call that a LeeCassie Nightingale touch.

  2. Ok, My mouth is watering and now I must have chai tea. Does it make any difference with what kind of tea bag you use? Are any brands smoother or better? Thanks.

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  6. Jessica Pillay says

    Girl, you do it just like me! The only thing I do differently is that I add a few fennel seeds. 🙂 Mmm…now I want some chai. Might have to go make some.

  7. Thanks for this post! I love Indian chai! If I don’t have cardamom pods, how many teaspoons of ground cardamom can I use?

  8. katpegimana says

    Oh I love Indian chai…will definitely try this at home 🙂


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