Authentic Indian masala chai is one type of tea that I’ve tried and it changed my view on tea. I remember my first glass was when we were visiting family and if I had been more comfortable I would have loved to have more. I tried a few recipes from home and just. never was able to replicate how good it was. Finally this recipe has just about done it for me and has become a routine for a few mornings a week.

authentic masala chai spiced tea with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger

Another thing I love about this tea is that it works great with breakfast, afternoon snacks, and a great way to get a group together. It also works with different types of milk. My personal favorite is coconut milk because it is so creamy, but that is a thick and higher calorie beverage. 

authentic indian masala chai tea

What you’ll love about this authentic Indian masala chai?

  1. It’s delicious and warming for a cold winter day. When you’re cold outside, you may enjoy warming up with a cup of this!
  2. Can be made vegan. Swap your milk for a plant-based milk and use maple syrup for the sweetener.
  3. It’s quick and easy to make. Skip the drive thru line and make this in 10 minutes or less at home. 
  4. Less caffeine than coffee makes it friendly to drink in the afternoon as well as the morning.
  5. As authentic as you will get without going to India!
indian masala chai tea

How to make this authentic Indian masala chai?

  1. Cut up the ginger and get the other spices measured out.
  2. Heat the milk in the microwave for 60 seconds until it is warm. 
  3. In a small pot, heat the milk with the spices and tea bags. Stir this frequently to prevent burning to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Once it’s warm enough, strain the spices and tea out of the milk. Stir in sweetener if desired.
  5. Enjoy hot!

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authentic indian masala chai tea

Authentic Indian Masala Chai Tea

Masala chai is a cinnamon-spiced chai tea made with milk. It's an authentic Indian drink and it's deliciously warming.
4.66 from 35 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 cup
Calories 199 kcal


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 7 green cardamom pods
  • 1.5 tsp ginger finely minced
  • sweetener of choice as much as needed


  • Measure out milk and microwave for 60 seconds.
  • Add all the spices and tea to a pot and add the warmed milk.
  • Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the milk starts to look tan/brown. The longer you leave it the stronger the flavor will be. Be sure to stir to prevent it from burning to the bottom of the pan.
  • Strain the spices and tea bag out and stir in any sweetener you may use. Maple syrup is my preference.
  • Enjoy while hot!


Serving: 1cupCalories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 9gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 479mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 395IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 329mgIron: 2mg
Keyword authentic chai tea, indian masala chai, masala chai
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  1. Alyson December 9, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    5 stars
    Very informative article. Thanks Again. Really Cool. Alyson Taber Russom

  2. Shane January 12, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    5 stars
    Definitely saving this recipe.

  3. Nate January 13, 2021 at 8:13 am

    5 stars
    Great tea! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Dani January 13, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    5 stars
    We love making different tea and this one was our favorite.

  5. Carly January 15, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    5 stars
    My family loves the chai tea at Indian restaurants and this was so great. We sweetened it with maple syrup and it was so good.

  6. Maria January 16, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    5 stars
    Superb tea! Reminds me of some of my friends.

  7. Gregor January 21, 2021 at 10:48 am

    5 stars
    My wife and I were freezing today and we made this. Was so warming and delicious.

  8. Melody January 24, 2021 at 7:44 am

    5 stars
    Added this to my weekend morning routine. Thanks!

  9. Dave January 25, 2021 at 7:46 am

    5 stars
    This tea is SOOOO good. I made it at home and sweetened it to taste just like the tea we get at the Indian restaurants! Thank you!

  10. Shaun January 27, 2021 at 8:56 am

    5 stars
    We love this tea. I’ve made it three times this week! I tried some powdered ginger since we ran out of ginger root and it was still good!

  11. Jamie January 30, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    5 stars
    We made this with breakfast and it was SO good. I’ll definitely be making it again tomorrow. 🙂

  12. Diane January 31, 2021 at 10:24 am

    5 stars
    We’re trying to cut back on coffee in my home so I made this today, and we really enjoyed! We will definitely start making more tea.

  13. Priya January 31, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! Thanks for sharing this. I did sweeten it a bit and it was just perfect with a rusk.

  14. Ainsley February 1, 2021 at 12:13 am

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Thanks!

  15. Zlivia February 1, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    5 stars
    A simple tea recipe that reminds me of some old friends. Thank you for the reminiscent flavors.

  16. Randa February 2, 2021 at 8:15 am

    5 stars
    Wonderful post! We quite enjoyed the tea with our breakfast.

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