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Indian Tea

Traditional Indian-style hot tea recipe
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • Metal saucepan
  • Tea strainer


  • 3 tbsp Loose black tea powder or leaves
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 cups Whole milk
  • 2 tsp Fresh ginger (optional) Grated or finely chopped
  • 6-8 Cardamom pods (optional)
  • Sweeten as desired Honey, Jaggery, Sugar, or Xylitol are recommended.


  • Add water and tea powder to a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. 
  • While the water is coming to a boil, grate the ginger and peel or cut open the cardamom pods.  Put the ginger and cardamom into the tea as it is heating (We put in the entire cardamom pod.  Peeling them just releases more flavor into the tea.)
  • Reduce heat to medium high and allow the tea to boil for around three minutes before adding the milk.
  • Pour in the milk. Turn the heat down to low and allow the tea to come to a simmer (usually five minutes or less). You will know the tea is done when there is a nice layer of creamy “skin” at the top.
  • Strain the tea into a tea pot, sweeten as desired, and enjoy!
Keyword chai, hot tea, indian, indian tea, masala chai, masala tea, tea