Inspired by Nepal: Masala Chai 4

Inspired my Nepal: Masala Tea recipe


As a general rule, I drink tea and coffee black and I never ever take sugar. In the course of falling in love with Nepal however, I drank gallons of this sweet milky goodness.


Back in sweaty Thailand, it’s now rainy season and as the temperature is dropping, cravings for a warm cuppa chai are harder to ignore. 


I’m not gonna pretend that this is the real deal. It is not an authentic recipe bartered from a toothless Nepali women who’s family had been making it in the same battered pan for 5 genreations. It is simply my version of a comforting milky treat – the perfect accompaniment to a good natter and a plate of biccies.


Masala Chai Tea
  1. 225ml water
  2. 225ml milk
  3. 2 tea bags
  4. 2 cinnamon sticks
  5. 2 slices of ginger
  6. 2 pieces of star anise
  7. 6 cardamon pods
  8. 4 cloves
  9. honey
  1. Put the water and spices in a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the milk and tea bags. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once it is a nice light brown colour, stir in honey to taste (I used 2 tablespoons but it depends on how sweet - or not - you like it)
  3. Your tea is now ready to enjoy so get your biscuits ready and use a tea strainer or sieve to pour it into mugs or a pot.
  4. Advice: make a pot......
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4 thoughts on “Inspired by Nepal: Masala Chai

  • Mandy

    Well I think you’ve got it pretty spot on in terms of the spices, but of course there’d be half a pack of sugar in there instead of honey! I couldn’t get enough chai when I was travelling in Nepal and India and it’s been absolutely ages since I made some at home. You’ve definitely inspired me! Thanks for linking up to #cookblogshare this week.

    • Post author

      Thanks Mandy, I’ve been trying to drink fewer sugary drinks recently so wanted to avoid using sugar in this. For me it works well without it but I’m sure some people would want the extra sweetness! Personally I just love honey so I’ll always find an excuse to use it!

      I’ve actually started making all my tea like this although sometimes I leave out the milk and take it black. We don’t have a kettle so it’s no more effort for me and I love the smell of the spices simmering away in the pan!