Spiced Masala Chai


  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 6-8 green cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 Tbsp grated ginger for less intense ginger flavor, slice instead of grating
  • 3 Tbsp loose leaf black tea or ~3-4 black tea bags // use decaf as needed
  • 2 cups milk
  • Sweetener of choice


  • Add cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and cloves to the bowl of a mortar (or cutting board) and slightly crush the spices. You aren’t pulverizing into a powder, just slightly crushing into small pieces
  • To a medium saucepan add crushed spices, water, and grated or sliced ginger and bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce heat slightly to medium/medium-low and maintain a simmer for 15 minutes or until it reduces by about one-third.
  • Add tea (loose leaf or bags) and milk of choice and lower heat to low. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Then turn off heat and let steep for 5 minutes more (covered) or longer for deeper flavor.
  • Strain with a fine mesh strainer and add sweetener of choice
  • ENJOY! a Hot cup of DELICIOUS

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