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Traditional Chai/Masala Chai

Sanchita Agrawal Mittal
5 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Traditional Chai/Masala Chai RECIPE

Kullhad ki masala chai This tea is very good in winters to keep cold, cough and body ache at bay. It keeps us warm and cosy throughout the day.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • UP
  • Boiling
  • Hot Drink
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. 2 Cups water
  2. 1 cup Whole milk
  3. 2 teaspoon granulated sugar or to taste (about 1 heaped teaspoon per serving, traditionally)
  4. 1 heaped tablespoon of black tea leaves
  5. 1/2 inch ginger or 1/4th teaspoon saunth powder
  6. 2 leaves of holy basil
  7. 4 saffron strands
  8. 2 pinch of black pepper powder
  9. 1/8th teaspoon of carom seeds (ajwain)
  10. 1 bay leaf
  11. 2 pinch of cinnamon powder
  12. 1 cardamom pod crushed
  13. 1/8th teaspoon of fennel seeds (about 10 seeds)


  1. Gather all the ingredients listed
  2. Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan
  3. Bring water to a simmer with all desired spices.
  4. Reduce heat to lowest setting and add tea leaves and sugar.
  5. Steep until tea takes on a deep, tan colour, in about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add milk and let it brew for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Switch off the flame.
  8. Strain hot chai into 2 kullhads( terracotta handleless cup)
  9. Garnish with 2-3 saffron strands in each cup and serve masala chai hot with biscuits and dry fruits.

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Shashi Bhargava
Shashi Bhargava   Dec-07-2017

I will surely try this.

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