How to Make Chai Tea

Learn how to make chai tea at home with simple ingredients. This masala chai tea is quick, easy, rich and flavorful and has the perfect balance of spices.

My dear hubby is sharing his tips on how to make chai tea with all of you.

I used to think my Mom made the best chai latte.

Sorry mom! You have been dethroned because hubby’s homemade chai tea recipe is AMAZING!

It’s even BETTER than the expensive chai tea lattes we buy from coffee shops.

Yes! I have tried that copycat Starbucks chai tea recipe and hands down, this recipe is so much better!

It’s starting to get really CHILLY here but thankfully this easy chai tea recipe makes the cold BEARABLE…lol.

You can serve HOT chai tea, which is the way it’s TRADITIONALLY served but COLD chai tea with ice cubes and a topping of whipped cream is also really delicious and refreshing during Summer time.

How to Make Chai Tea

Here are hubby’s SECRET TIPS for the BEST masala chai tea recipe:

  • You must bring the milk to a boil twice and then let it simmer for a few minutes. This process helps in releasing a lot of flavor into the chai.
  • However, if you have some extra time => To really ENHANCE the flavor of all the spices and allow maximum flavor to seep into the milk, let everything cook on medium heat for 30 minutes, bringing everything to a boil at the very end before removing it from heat.
  • Don’t let the chai boil out of the saucepan because that would get rid of a lot of flavor and milk fat content.
  • Hubby also swears by whole milk… NOT low fat milk or fat free milk! Good old whole milk! He says that’s what gives chai the PERFECT consistency and flavor.
  • He’s also very PARTICULAR about using only granulated sugar and says that’s the traditional and authentic way of sweetening chai…. Not honey or molasses or brown sugar!
  • Use a milk frother to give your chai latte a professional frothy appearance. However, this is not the way it’s done back home. Instead, you pour the tea back and forth between 2 saucepans multiple times until the chai gets frothy.
  • You can ADJUST the amount of sugar and spices in this recipe based on your preference.

How to make chai tea from scratch? How to make Indian chai? How to make chai tea with milk? How to make masala chai?

The process is very SIMPLE. Start off by crushing together cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and ginger in a blender or mortar. Add these crushed spices in a saucepan, along with with milk, water loose black tea leaves, sugar and let it come to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then, raise the heat and bring to another boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 2 minutes and pour through a fine mesh sieve into cups and enjoy.

How to make chai tea with tea bags?

I personally prefer loose tea leaves but you can use the same quantity of tea bags too. The process is the same. Boil milk, spices and tea bags altogether for about 20 minutes. The, pour through a fine sieve and enjoy.

What’s the difference between masala chai tea and chai tea latte?

There is very distinct difference. Masala chai tea is the recipe below. It is made by boiling the spices and tea leaves in milk BUT chai tea latte involves adding a concentrated spiced tea mixture to steamed milk. That’s why chai tea latte has a lighter, foamy texture whereas masala chai tea is more smooth and creamy.

How to make chai tea latte?

Chai tea latte is made by pouring a concentrated spiced tea mixture over steamed milk to create 2 distinct layers.

How to make chai tea concentrate?

It’s made by boiling together water, sugar and many spices like cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns, vanilla bean, allspice, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and black tea leaves for about 15 minutes. Then, this mixture is poured through a fine mesh sieve and stored in a sealed bottle in the fridge.

How to Make Chai Tea Recipe

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this post on how to make chai tea/ Indian masala chai, you may also like some of these other spiced recipes:

Chai Tea Spice Cake 

Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Candied Nuts

Masala Chai Tea Latte 3

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How to Make Chai Tea

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Learn how to make chai tea at home with simple ingredients. This masala chai tea is quick, easy, rich and flavorful and has the perfect balance of spices.
Yield: 2 Cups


  • 3 Cloves, Whole
  • 1 Cinnamon stick , About a 2 inch piece
  • 3 Cardamom pods
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger powder
  • 2 cups Milk, Whole
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Loose black tea
  • 3 tbsp Sugar, Granulated


  • Use a coffee grinder or a mortar to crush/grind together cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. 
  • In a large non-stick saucepan, add milk, water, loose black tea, crushed spices, sugar and cook on medium heat until it comes to a boil.  
  • Then, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  • Increase the heat again and let the tea cook until it comes to another boil. 
  • Lower the heat again and let it simmer for 2 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and pour into cups through a fine sieve. Enjoy!


Calories: 233kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 112mg, Potassium: 355mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 395IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 305mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Indian
Calories: 233
Author: CakeWhiz

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

26 comments on “How to Make Chai Tea”

  1. Just loved this chai. Look so tempting. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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