Masala Chai – Spiced Tea with Almond Milk and Fresh Ginger

Masala Chai   Spiced Tea with Almond Milk and Fresh Ginger // wishfulchef.comMasala chai, or mixed spice tea, is a drink from India made by brewing black tea with milk and a mixture of spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves. It’s my go-to drink for this time of year and perfect for the holiday season. Instead of regular milk, I sometimes add almond milk whenever I make a fresh batch. The subtle flavor of the almonds is a nice complement to this aromatic tea.

Some people prefer unsweetened chai tea, however, I think some sweetness enhances the spices. For a healthier version, I added chopped dates to the mix but you can use honey or sugar. If you’re vegan, you can use all almond milk in this recipe, or alternatively use 1/2 cup of regular milk to achieve a more familiar consistency. Serve with vegan cocoa almond cookies made from the leftover almond milk pulp.

Masala Chai – The Perfect Winter Drink

  • Warming spices like cinnamon and ginger are great during the cold winter months
  • The perfect drink if you’re feeling sick and under the weather. The spice mixture is high in antioxidants and is said to help protect against cold and flu
  • If you need to avoid caffeine, Masala Chai has much lower caffeine content than coffee
  • The consumption of Masala Chai can calm an upset stomach
  • Use fresh ginger for an even healthier version; ginger also adds a nice kick to the tea
  • Feel free to play around with the amounts: Masala Chai is pretty forgiving so it’s perfectly fine to alter the recipe. Experiment until you find your preferred taste

Masala Chai   Spiced Tea with Almond Milk and Fresh Ginger // wishfulchef.com

Masala Chai   Spiced Tea with Almond Milk and Fresh Ginger // wishfulchef.com

Lightly crush cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Add crushed spices, ginger, dates & pepper to water. Boil then simmer.

Masala Chai   Spiced Tea with Almond Milk and Fresh Ginger // wishfulchef.com

Add milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea. Steep for 4-5 minutes.

Masala Chai   Spiced Tea with Almond Milk and Fresh Ginger // wishfulchef.com

Strain out spices, then pour tea into serving cups or tea pot.

Masala Chai   Spiced Tea with Almond Milk and Fresh Ginger // wishfulchef.com

Masala Chai Recipe

  • 3-4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2-3 dates, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup regular milk (use all almond milk for vegan version)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of loose leaf black tea (Darjeeling or Assam)
  • honey or vanilla sugar (optional for more sweetness)

    Lightly crush cardamon pods, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar and pestle.

    Put water in a pot and add crushed cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, dates and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let the spices infuse their flavor for another 4-5 minutes.

    Add the milk and almond milk to the pan and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and add the tea. Cover the pot, remove from heat and let it steep for 4-5 minutes.

    Masala Chai is ready! Use a fine sieve and strain it into a teapot or directly into serving cups. Add honey or vanilla sugar if you like sweeter tasting tea.

    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Yield: 4 servings
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    8 Responses to “Masala Chai – Spiced Tea with Almond Milk and Fresh Ginger”

    1. Anna @ hiddenponies December 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      I’m not much of a “hot drink” person but if I have one, chai is definitely my drink of choice! Yours looks delicious and fresh!

      • Barb December 11, 2011 at 10:32 am #

        Thank you, Anna! If you’re a chai drinker then I highly recommend making it homemade. The flavor is wonderful and the best part is you can adjust the spices to your taste.

    2. Pearl February 14, 2012 at 3:27 am #

      Hi ! Thanks for this recipe. I love my tea in the mornings and have been wanting to substitute Almond milk for cows milk , however was not sure if almond milk can be boiled like milk. Now I know it can be :)

      • Barb February 14, 2012 at 9:39 am #

        Glad you found it useful and thanks for stopping by :)

    3. Lyn @LovelyPantry February 27, 2012 at 12:02 am #

      I love teas and I’ve always been curious as to how I would make my own spiced tea. You’ve made it so easy to follow. Nicely done! Great post! :-)

      • Barb February 27, 2012 at 9:59 am #

        Thanks so much, Lyn! Glad the instructions and photos are helpful.

    4. Aisha October 29, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      Just made your masala chai and it was delicious. AND it was made with all almond milk (vanilla flavoured). I found that I didn’t even need sugar. Enjoying my dairy/sugar-free chai on a rainy day! Ahhhh

      • Barb October 29, 2012 at 9:42 am #

        Thanks, I’m so glad you enjoyed the masala chai, Aisha! I could use a cup of this right now during Hurricane Sandy ;)

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