5 Minute Masala Chai

Growing up in South Asian households, chai was a daily ritual for us. But it was unlike the chai latte served at cafes today. Instead, its a simple combination of robust Assam black tea, 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.


Time: 5 minutes
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. 

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.

Step 6: Brew another cup

Want another cup? Our tea leaves are strong enough to brew a second cup.


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