5 Minute Masala Chai
Growing up in South Asian households, chai was a daily ritual for us and our families. But it wasn't like the chai latte served at many cafes today. Instead, its a simple combination of robust Assam CTC (crush-tear-curl) black tea, crushed cardamom, ginger, milk and just a bit of sugar.
For a morning or afternoon pick-me-up, try our chai recipe with Assam Black Tea + Ginger below.
5 MINUTE MASALA CHAI RECIPE
Yield: 3 cups of chai
Step 1: Boil water
Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Tip: hard water can make tea taste overly bitter. If you can, use purified or filtered water for your chai.
Step 2: Add spices
Add three cardamom pods, crushed. Add optional cloves, crushed and/or cinnamon stick.
Step 3: Add Assam Black + Ginger
Add 2 heaped teaspoons of Assam Black Tea + Ginger to pot, and stir. Let tea steep for 3-4 minutes.
Step 4: Add milk
Add one cup milk (whole milk or oat milk works well), and an optional 1-2 teaspoons sugar, depending on your preference of sweetener.
Step 5: Simmer, strain and enjoy
Let chai simmer and froth for another two minutes, then strain out the tea leaves and spices and pour into a cup. Enjoy with a salty or sweet snack (our favorites include cardamom cookies or pakoras)
Step 6: Brew another cup
Want another cup? Our tea leaves are strong enough to brew a second cup. Simply add water, milk and sugar to the existing brewed tea leaves and spices, and repeat from step five.