Masala Chai

Corey writes:

To fulfill the promise from last week: here is a recipe for masala chai. If you practice this recipe, you might become a chai wallah Slumdog Millionaire.


  • Very small grain strong black tea. Ripping open a few bags of Lipton might get you what you want.
  • Sugar
  • Whole, full-fat, death milk (If you try to make this with skim, bad things will happen to you)
  • Potable water (you are lucky if this comes out of your tap)
  • 1 cinnamon stick -OR- 6 whole cardamom pods -OR- fresh ginger root
  • Fine mesh strainer

1. Pour about 1/2 C. milk and 1/4 C. water per person in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon or cardamom or ginger. If you are totally insane, add all three.

2. Put the pan on medium-high heat, but watch it closely after about 3 minutes, because it will boil over very easily.

3. Once the mixture starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and add about 2/3 Tbsp tea per person and 1 heaping Tbsp sugar per person.

4. Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes. Then kill the heat and strain it into glasses.

You're going for about 2/3 cup of tea per person, no more. I once served our neighbor an American-sized 1 1/3 C. serving, and she said "ohhh this is too much, Corey!"

5. Now, enjoy on your roof overlooking a scenic valley.

You'll never go back to the crappy powdered stuff again!