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INDIA: Indian Chai



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About this Recipe

By: Savita Tanwar

Chai is a spice tea that is popular throughout India and many other Asian countries. It is often served sweet and with milk. This is a great drink for breakfast or any other time of the day when you may need to warm up.

Savita arrived to Pittsburgh 9 years ago along with her husband from India. She joined the International Women’s Association of Pittsburgh in 2016 and submitted this recipe as a participant of their programs. She loves to cook and uploads her recipes here.


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  • 2 tsp tea powder
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 black pepper
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/2  cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp sugar
Thank you to the International Women’s Association of Pittsburgh (IWAP) members for submitting recipes. IWAP is a group, a family, a community, coming together from different countries, cultures and backgrounds. Their mission is to offer friendship, support and assistance to international women, who find Pittsburgh as their new home. They have cooking classes, English classes, book club, field trips, volunteer opportunities, and more.
masala chai
chai spices


Step 1
  • Firstly, in a small pan, take 1 cup of water and add cardamom, cloves, ginger, black pepper and boil for 2-3 min
Step 2
  • Furthermore, bring it to boil and lower the flame. simmer it for 1-2 minutes until you get the nice aroma.
Step 3
  • Then add tea leaves or tea powder and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Step 4
  • Now add milk, sugar.
Step 5
  • Bring it to boil and brew for 2 minutes.
Step 6
  • Furthermore, switch off the flame and filter out the tea, powder, and spices with a fine mesh sieve.
Step 7
  • Finally, serve the masala chai with biscuits or with any breakfast recipes.