Culture & Lifestyle / DIY: Masala Chai Recipes With A Twist

DIY: Masala Chai Recipes With A Twist

Culture & Lifestyle Sep 28, 2016

Fall is slowly setting in, and even as we stubbornly cling to the last glimmers of summer, cooler temps bring with them the joys of curling up in cozy woollies with warm, soothing drinks.

And what better than a classic masala chai recipe full of fall flavours to kick off the season? We’ve got the basics of this South Asian staple, plus some variations to try during the cold months.


Masala chai is brewed with several aromatic spices.
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Ingredients: (For 2 cups)

  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 2 clove buds
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 pepper corns roughly cracked
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of loose leaf Orange Pekoe or other strong black tea
  • Cane sugar to taste


  • Heat water in a medium sized pot.
  • When it starts to bubble, add all whole spices and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Let the mixture simmer on medium heat for one to two minutes, until the spices release their fragrance
  • Add loose leaf tea and let it steep on medium heat for another minute.
  • Once the liquor is as dark or as strong as you prefer, add milk and bring to a rolling boil, then quickly remove from heat.
  • Pour the tea into your favourite mug through a fine strainer and add cane sugar to taste.


1) Add ½ inch fresh ginger root to the above recipe for an added kick. Simply peel and roughly smash the ginger before adding to water and follow the rest of the recipe as is.

2) Fresh lemongrass can brighten up the taste of black tea. Simply chop up the blades and add two teaspoons to the above recipe along with all the whole spices. Alternately, skip all the other spices and brew it with black tea on its own to enjoy its fresh flavour. Add milk separately once the brew has been strained.

3) Fresh mint is also a great flavour enhancer. Just add 4 to 5 leaves to the above recipe along with the whole spices. Alternately, skip all the other spices and add mint leaves to your regular black tea brew. Add milk separately once the tea has been strained and enjoy a mild, refreshing twist to your morning cup.

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Dilshad Burman

Dilshad Burman


Dilshad Burman is an award winning TV host and Canadian media personality.   Born in Mumbai, India, she was surrounded by its creative energy and grew up with a passion for music, film and television. While completing her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from The University of Mumbai, she i...


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