If you want to make masala chai exactly how a Chaiwala does on the streets of New Delhi then there’s quite a big difference to my simple Simple Masala Chai (Indian Milk Tea) Recipe. I prefer the simple recipe because it uses 100% milk, this method uses a 50% water/milk split as milk is expensive. Try both for yourself and decide!

Masala Chai. Photo by Kara Murphy.

Masala Chai. Photo by Kara Murphy.

Ingredients (Serves: 1)

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon locally ground Chai Masala (or Everest’s Tea Masala).
  • 3/4 cup full cream or single toned milk.
  • 1 teaspoon of Tata Gold Tea or Taj Mahal Tea (these black teas are the most commonly used in India and available from Indian grocery stores).
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of white sugar.


  1. Add the water and chai masala to a pot and bring to a light boil.
    1. For Ginger Masala Chai: add three 1-inch long slices of fresh ginger and boil for 3 minutes. The water will turn yellow.
  2. Add the tea and boil for 2 minutes, the water will turn dark red.
  3. Add milk and lower the heat and let simmer for 2 minutes. It should be looking dark brown now.
  4. Add sugar and stir.
  5. Bring to the boil so the liquid starts climbing up the pan, then turn down heat and let simmer. Do this 3 times. Even more colour should be coming out of the tea.
  6. Strain into a teacup and enjoy!
Chaiwala in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Photo by Arian Zwegers (https://flic.kr/p/ayft4J)

Chaiwala in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Photo by Arian Zwegers

Now you can start your roadside chai stall too!