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How to Make Indian Spiced Tea - Chai Recipe

Updated on May 20, 2013

Massalla Chai

Indian tea is very popular amongst Asian Communities. It is very good for you, with all the nutrients of the spices. Tea is grown in India, Bangladesh and many other countries and exported worldwide. So many countries have so many special tasting teas, but nothing comes close to an Indian Spiced Tea! Asian people call tea 'Chai' which means these types of teas

  • herbal tea
  • Indian spiced tea
  • Indian ginger tea
  • Indian green tea

You will notice below, my recipe is flexible so you can make any of the teas above. If you can master the technique (very simple) of making Indian spicy tea, then you can experiment with other ingredients. You can also buy tea online at the bottom of this recipe from the Amazon adverts.

I would like to share my recipe with you, and it's good to share, so get your cups and saucers ready! If you can perfect it, invite your friends over for a drink, but don't tell them the secret!

I drink this tea at least once every day, and it tastes better every time! I never used to be able to make tea before, and then something happened one night and i had to improve and learn properly how to make tea.

This recipe is for four people. You have to buy, if you haven't already got any, some spices required to get the best taste out of your tea. see below for the list and number of spices needed.

These four types of spices are the main ingredients.

Indian tea advert in 'Hindi', It's funny!

The process

Now you have the engredients to make the perfect tea, get a pan and fill it up with half a litre of water.

Place on cooker and add all your spices in the water and boil for 5 minutes.

You will need:

4 cloves (or one teaspoon)

5 Cardamom

1 cinnamon (or half a teaspoon)

2 bay leafs

After boiling for 5 minutes, add 3 bags of your favourite tea (mine is PG Tips) and enough sugar to taste, then boil for another 4 minutes. You can stir it if you like, but is not required at this point.

After 1 or 2 minutes of adding the tea, add 150 ml of full fat milk (or what you prefer). Boil for another 5 minutes (longer if you like), and always stir continously. Be careful for it not to boil over.

After you have completed the process, without taking out the spices,serve your specially made Indian Spiced Tea in cups or in a glass by pouring the tea directly from the pan, if it is safe to do so. You will find the tea very tasty with the spices in the cup/glass (if you are lucky enough to get them!).

Last thing to do is ENJOY! (Don't burn your mouth though!)

(If you find that the tea may be too spicy, amend next time according to your taste).

If you manage to make the tea, any problems or recommendations, please comment below. I would love to know if you enjoyed it!

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Video about the first and only organic tea garden in Bangladesh.

This is a special Bangladeshi tea garden. Tea is grown naturally, using the natural processes to make different kinds of organic tea.

This video highlights how tea is grown in Tetulia, and also how they create jobs for the local community. It is very inspiring and shows just how much hard work goes into growing tea for the vast tea drinkers of the world.

Whatch this video and enjoy the viewsand the cultivation of making the finest black teas.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love chai tea. I have a canister of whole tea that is Oolong Chai, a very pleasant spicy variety.

      I want to make this sometime. I enjoy teas, and like trying out new ways to drink it. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Lizett 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

      great, very useful. I love Chai teas

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      Gous Ahmed 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you for leaving your comments.

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      Spices 6 years ago

      I am very happy to read your articles it’s very useful for me,and I am completely satisfied with your website.All comments and articles are very useful and very good.

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      chaiteasite 6 years ago

      It's always good to see and compare different Chai Recipes. Everyone's is slightly different from each other. Just like Indians themselves, very difficult to get in uniformity! You can compare my recipe at

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      Gous Ahmed 8 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Jessay, thanks for your comment. I do admit that restaurants don't always share the actual recipes and ingredientds with customers, because they have this negative thought that the customer won't come back if they learn how to do it!

      Anyway, i'm open to sharing things, as always, and there is more to come!

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      Jessica 8 years ago from USA

      Hi G Miah, I had no idea that there were so many spices in Indian Tea. I have been to India seven times and have always loved the tea. When you go to Indian restaurants in the U.S. it tastes nothing like the real thing. Many thanks for the real recipe.

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      Gous Ahmed 8 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Of course you can. It's sometimes nicer without any milk.

      You can vary it to your taste as much as you like.

      Thank you for checking my hub out!

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      june of ages 8 years ago

      Can you make the spicy tea without adding the milk? It sounds delicious but I'm off dairy.

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      Gous Ahmed 8 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thanks for your comment. I drink one cup of spicy tea a day, it's very tatsy. Try other spices and see what different tastes you get and then make your favourite every time to drink! It's nice any time of the year, especially winter.

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      Anath 8 years ago

      I always add cinnamon and cloves to my tea when I use proper tea leaves, it is delicious. I am going to add the Cardamom and bay leaves now to see how it goes. Thanks for this easy recipe, it is ideal for the cold winter days ahead...