Baji's Masala Chai


Masala Chai is a very strong tea flavored with a lot of Indian spices. You might have tried it at your neighborhood coffee shop, but this is an authentic recipe I got from my husband's late grandmother. Everyone called her Baji. 

The first time I had some, I stayed up all night, and not knowing what to do, I cleaned, ironed, vacuumed and shopped online. I finally collapsed in exhaustion the next morning at 10 a.m. So beware if like me, you're not used to too much caffeine, it's very strong! Or drink it in the morning. Enjoy!


Yields: 12

12 cups water
2 sticks cinnamon, broken in half
30 cardamom pods, crushed with a mallet
4 cloves
1 (2-inch) chunk fresh ginger (optional), thinly sliced
5 cups organic whole milk
1 can evaporated milk
8 black tea bags


Fill a large pot with water. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add the milk, evaporated milk and sugar and bring to a simmer again. Add the tea bags, cover, and turn off the heat. Let the tea steep for no more than 4 minutes otherwise the tea will release its acidity.

Strain the tea and serve immediately. It should be hot and fragrant. I also like to add a dash of heavy cream (Don't feel guilty, just enjoy the creaminess)

Serve with tea cakes or cookies.

Time to relax and enjoy!


Check out the Vietnamese-style Coffee that I made few weeks ago.

I use PG Tips brand. That's the brand that my father-in-law grew up on back in India. He orders it off of

You can sweeten the tea with sugar in the raw, white sugar or splenda.

I use Carnation brand evaporated milk.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on January 29, 2009.


[-] oh so fresh - Guest-sangeetakhanna
hi jackie...
this chai make me fresh immediately n this recipe is for a whole party...huge have some wonderful Indian recipes and gorgeous photos...say my hello to baaji.

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[ Posted at 11:51 PM on 6/27/09 | Reply ]
[-] Incredible! - Guest-Anne948
Chère Jackie,

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it for my family last night (we are not afraid of strong tea ;)) and we loved it! It tasted just like the chai I had in India during my visit to the subcontinent last year. It was really nice to be able to make the same at home! Thanks again!
[ Posted at 5:22 PM on 1/18/10 | Reply ]
[-] Baji's Masala Chai - Guest-Sri
Hi Pham,

Such a nice Chai recipe you have!! I have been looking on the Internet for the Indian hotel style Chai with evaporated milk and finally found yours.I have a quick question. How many Ozs of Evaporated milk should be put in Chai? And also can you please give the measurements for two. Thank you!
[ Posted at 3:01 PM on 12/29/10 | Reply ]
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