Recipe: Masala Chai for Uncle G (Spiced tea with milk)

Serves 4

I’ve officially learned how to blackmail my brother into doing anything I want. Make him a pot of masala chai. He drank this sweet, milky treat his entire visit. A mug was never far from reach. The flavor is as intense as any local coffee shop, but the satisfaction is 200% greater, as we made it ourselves. One more thing – you can┬áserve it hot or cold which makes it the perfect drink in my book.

I’m honored that this recipe was featured in Penzy’s Spices’ 2012 early summer catalog.


6 cups of prepared black tea
I used 2 Tbsp looseleaf black tea brewed in 6 cups water, but this can vary by brand.

Spice blend:

10 cardamom pods, shelled
1 tsp fennel  seeds
5 black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
2 quarter sized slices of fresh ginger

Finishing touches:

1/4 cup sugar, or to taste
1/2-1 cup whole milk


Open the curtains. Let in the light. Pile spices into your life.

First, brew the black tea.

Then remove the tea bag and add spices. Simmer 5-10 minutes, to desired strength.

Meanwhile, stir in sugar and milk. By the time the spices have steeped, the sugar will have dissolved.

Strain, then serve to your brother all weekend long.

Tell him how much you love him.

I love you, brother!

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  1. Michelle says:

    Question. Do you leave the spices in, or strain them out before serving? Thanks!

  2. elisa waller says:

    oh man!!?? much patience does one need to shell the cardamom seeds? Nothing like ahomemade cup of tea..y’all must have been in your glory!!! yay !

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Oh it’s easy – not bad, not bad. You should try it! You could also just give them a whack with the mortar and pestle and drop everything in – shells and all. You might be able to get away with using less this way, too.

  3. Because Santa was good to me, Uncle G is making this tonite!!!! Wish me luck!!

  4. I did indeed drink this all weekend long! I had a cup in hand or nearby at all times! It was a refreshing treat in the Tulsa heat! :) I love you sister!

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