How to make Chai tea

Chai or Indian masala tea is a lovely way to enjoy fresh spices in a sweet milky brew.

There are many good-quality commercial chai blends that you can purchase and then add more spices, but it’s also easy to make your own from scratch


  •  2 cloves
  •  1 star anise
  •  3 cardamom pods
  •  2 cups milk (soy or cow’s)
  •  1 tablespoon freshly grated or chopped ginger
  •  small piece of cinnamon stick
  •  ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1½ teaspoons unperfumed leaf tea (such as English Breakfast)
  •  1 cup boiling water
  •  raw honey (about 1 generous teaspoon per person)


  • Using a mortar and pestle, bash the cloves, star anise and cardamom pods to release their flavour, making sure the cardamom seeds come out of the pods.
  • Pour the milk into a saucepan and add the bashed spices along with the ginger, cinnamon stick, ground cinnamon and tea leaves. Heat over a medium–high heat for a few minutes until the milk is close to boiling point, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for five minutes. Add the boiling water and simmer on a very low heat for a further five minutes. Strain or place the chai in a coffee plunger.
  • Add honey to taste and serve.

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