The Perfect Chai Recipe

Chai Recipe

We love tea, whenever and whichever way it is served. Be it on roadside stalls on an early morning before rushing to the office or to take a break from work hours, a cup of tea helps us cope with things we’d normally be tearing our hair over. From dusk to dawn tea has had with great zest in homes, offices and roadside tea shops. Read more about The Journey of India’s favourite beverage.

Though there are many variants of chai recipes you can find across homes in India, we feel this is one of the best.


2 ¼ cups water
1 whole star anise
1 stick cinnamon
4 cardamom pods, cracked
¼ cup Assam chai tea
2 cups whole milk
¼ cup sugar


1. Press the cardamom pods until they crack. Bring the water, tea, star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom to a boil.
2. Boil for 3-5 minutes until the tea is black and has reduced to about 2 cups. Strain and add the sugar. Add the milk and stir until hot.
3. Place the used cardamom pods in the bottom of the cups for good friends.

For a ginger flavoured masala chai (my absolute favourite) – chop a two inch piece of ginger into thin slices and add it along with the spices.

Makes 4 American-sized servings or 12+ Indian-sized servings. Give it a try and share your photographs with us on our facebook, twitter or instagram page, use #theteashelf so we can find your photos.

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