Foodie Friday: Homemade Masala Chai Tea

photo-1468077218827-c65e763b0e32In the fall, I love to curl up with a hot cup of homemade masala chai tea and a good book. Masala chai is an Indian spiced drink and is a deliciously warming beverage because of its inclusion of various spices.

Here’s how to make homemade Masala Chai Tea: 



  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds or ground cardamom
  • 1  cinnamon stick
  • 4 white peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 teaspoons loose orange pekoe tea 


  1. Grind cardamom, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle.
  2. Simmer the milk in a saucepan.
  3. Stir ground spices and ginger.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently to infuse spices in the milk. 
  5. Separately, bring water to a boil and add black tea.
  6. Once steeped, add tea to hot milk mixture and cook for one minute. 
  7. Sweeten to taste with brown sugar or honey. 

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