How to Make Masala Chai Tea (Recipe)

Written by Urban Ecology Center
    Monday, 28 October 2013
How to Make Masala Chai Tea (Recipe)

Indian Mac' and Cheese, Corn Poha, Masala Chai. Are these delicious treats making your mouth water and your stomach grumble? If so, come check out this amazing cooking class offered at the Urban Ecology Center's Riverside Park branch next Monday, November 4th! You'll learn how to make and taste-test FIVE quick and delectable Indian vegetarian dishes from accomplished cook, Susan Pack.

During this hands-on cooking class, you'll use Indian ingredients, like cumin, sev, and fried chick peas, to turn regular dishes, like Mac' and Cheese, into meals bursting with new flavors! You'll learn how to use Indian cooking techniques and spices that add a twist to common foods, like pasta, corn, yogurt, and peas. In this class, you'll make a variety of snacks, such as a pea-dish with ginger and cumin, or a cold yogurt dish, and you'll make entrees like Indian Mac' and Cheese and Corn Poha. Also, bring some containers in case the dishes made in class have leftovers!

Can't wait until next week to start incorporating Indian recipes into your life? Susan has provided this tasty Masala Chai tea recipe - flavored with cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves – which is a great drink on a cold, blustery day. Here's how you can make it:


  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1-inch stick of cinnamon
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 6 teaspoons sugar (or to taste)
  • 3 teaspoons any unperfumed, loose black tea

Put water in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Add the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea, cover, and turn off the heat. After 2 minutes, strain the tea into two cups and enjoy!

Meet your cooking class host, Susan:

Susan Pack is a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner (CAP) and is an accomplished Indian cook who has done advanced cooking studies in India. She's written many articles and cookbook reviews for yoga and other natural health publications. Over the last several years, Susan has combined her training skills and her knowledge of Ayurveda by giving cooking classes, cooking demonstrations as well as private cooking lessons. Susan can't wait to share some of her quick vegetarian recipes with all of you, so be sure to register for her November 4th Quick Vegetarian Cooking class!


Photo by: Ute on Flickr


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