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Masala chai

Angela Clutton

The humble cup of tea elevated to wonderfully spiced and warming levels

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10 mins








  • 12 green cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • Seeds from 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken up 
  • 6 tbsp loose-leaf black tea
  • 6 tea bag filters
  • Hot milk, to serve


Crush all the spices in a pestle and mortar. Mix with the tea leaves. Spoon evenly into the tea bag filters, then store those in a tightly sealed jar (or alternatively, store the loose masala chai mix in a jar ready for use.)

To brew masala chai: immerse one bag per person in a cup’s worth of half hot water, half hot milk. Leave for a few mins. Sweeten to taste.

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