Masala Chai (Indian tea)

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A few years ago I was watching some Indian serial on Russian channel and when i heard the words: “She doesn’t know how to make tea” in it, i thought: “How is it even possible? Just to put hot water and a tea bag in the cup, how can someone be unable to do it?” However, later, when i was in India, I heard these words not once again…But I already knew what Indian tea actually is.

Indians don’t brew tea. Well, they also brew tea bags of green or fruit tea, but such teas aren’t famous here much unlike black tea. Black tea (not in bags) is used to make Indian Chai (Chai is Tea in Hindi same as in Russian and Turkish as well – according to my knowledge) – the drink which is very famous in India – more famous than coffee, and it’s being boiled. People don’t use teapots here as such, because to make Indian Chai you need a small pan.


Video-recipe:

Indian Chai recipe (for 2 large mugs or 4-5 small ones):

☕️ Put 300 ml of water in a pan on fire;

☕️ Add 1 tea spoon of fennel seeds, 2-3 cardamom seeds, ginger to taste. Other spices are sometimes added too, but this recipe is a standard;

☕️ When the water starts to boil, add 300 ml of milk;

☕️ Immediately add a black tea (not in bags) – Indians like Chai to be strong, so they put 3-4 teaspoons of tea – but milk reduces the strength;

☕️ After milk comes up, boil Chai for another 7-10 minutes on low flame;

☕️ Pour it into cups through a tea strainer;

☕️ Add sugar to taste – Indians usually like it quite sweet as well.


People in India drink Chai 2-3 times a day, usually from small cups. At work in the offices they have special people who make Chai for employees and serve it. On the streets too, there are people making it and selling for very cheap (10-20 rupees ~ $0.14 – 0.3), while in a cafes it starts from 50 rupees ($0.7). Cafes and restaurants can experiment with the composition of tea for a variety of their menus.


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