Anand’s masala chai

May 20, 2011

‘I could close my eyes and do this’ were Anand’s words as he, in the midst of his morning slumber, assembled the ingredients needed for his family’s masala chai.

Masala chai is enjoyed by millions of people around the world, yet how many of you could actually make a proper cup at home? In northern parts of India, in particular, it is a staple, sold by street vendors, offered to guests on entering a home and served at upscale hotels. It is not something to be gulped down in a hurry, but savored – we find the milky sweet and aromatic tea to be something of a comfort.

A common misconception is that a good masala chai can be found throughout India. However, upon moving to Tamil Nadu we were shocked to discover that this was not the case. Luckily, our friend Anand has been kind enough to make us the odd cup or two, and has also shared his family’s recipe to go along with it.


Makes one cup

Small chunk of ginger (change according to taste)
1-2 cardamon seeds (apparently there are 12 in a pod…)
1/2 cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces
1-2 cloves (change according to taste)
1 1/2 tsp of white sugar
1 heaped dessert spoon of black loose leaf tea (Anand suggests Lipton Yellow Label)
3/4 Cup water
1/4 Cup milk

– Grind spices in pestle and mortar and place in pan (if pestle and mortar not available, just place spices in whole)
– Add loose leaf tea and sugar
– Add water and heat on stove until it reaches boiling point
– Take off the heat, add milk
– Place back on the heat and simmer for a few minutes
– Turn off the heat and strain into the cup

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9 Responses to “Anand’s masala chai”

  1. Uncle Glen said

    Uncle Glen is looking over my shoulder reading along with me Anand’s Chai Tea. I like the pictures you send along with this.
    Love, Aunt Diane

  2. Cindy Peugh said

    While I was reading this today, I could actually feel the relaxation you must get while sipping on a cup of tea. Another receipe to be sure and try. Thanks

  3. Cindy Peugh said

    I am sure we will be trying these receipes when you come home.

  4. hannah said

    I love the Peugh family.

  5. Pradeep Sundar said

    That’s not true, you do get great masala chai in Tamil Nadu. I’ll have to take you guys sometime.

  6. jenny said

    I’m going to make it for Sunday morning breakfast and think of all those Chai’s we shared in India. Cannot find Cardamon seeds over here, only ground cardamon or whole pods. Do you think I could make a quantity of the spices and keep in in an airtight jar in the fridge?

    • ldpeugh said

      Most definitely. When I’m lazy I use a premade mix of tea and the masala spices and it turns out great. The only thing would be figuring out how much of the mix to add for each cup. Let me know how it turns out! xx

      • jenny said

        It worked fine,

        I used 6 teaspoons of each spice a good chunk of ginger root and cut it in mini chopper, then just add half to 3/4 of a teaspoon to the sugar and tea mix. Its great, just like India, the stuff I buy from the Coffee shop in Paihia is so sweet, it must be 50% sugar at least!!

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