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Masala Chai

Our masala chai is a zesty and aromatic blend of Assam black tea and spices.
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Wake Up with a Cup of Masala Chai

As sprawling and diverse as India is, you’ll find every Indian family and community bonding over a steaming pot of masala chai. That’s the beauty of this blend; it’s a beverage, a rite of passage, an experience. Welcome every morning, with an aromatic and fierce cup of kadak (strong) chai and handpicked spices sourced from the misty rolling hills of Assam. For many, Herbs & Kettles Masala Chai has become a staple, a wonderful, delicious cup they wake up with or an afternoon refresher - it’s chai all day long!

Tasting Profile

Sweet - Malt
Earthy
Chai & Spice
Nutty & Milky - Creamy with milk

Masala Chai Ingredients

Black tea, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper

Caffeine Level

Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level

High-Moderate

How To Make The Perfect Indian Masala Chai (Tea)

Chaiwala Tiger’s secret recipe for Masala Chai
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Chai Recipe Step 01

Mix 1 cup Water (8 fl oz or 240 ml) with ½ cup Milk/Milk substitute (4 fl-oz or 120 ml) in a saucepan and bring to a boil

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Chai Recipe Step 02

Add 2-3 teaspoons (4-6 g) of loose leaf tea and reduce heat

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Chai Recipe Step 03

Simmer for 3-5 mins

4
Chai Recipe Step 04
Strain and enjoy!

Chaiwala Tiger Tips For Masala Chai Preparation

  • If you’re using dairy, whole milk works best.
  • Oat milk is the best milk substitute for masala chai. If you’re using plant based milk, the exact ratio of water to plant based milk will depend on its consistency and thickness.
  • If you want your chai sweet, sugar tastes better than honey. Add it when you’re preparing your chai on the stovetop.
  • If you want iced Masala chai, prepare it as you would usually would over a stovetop, then strain and stick it in the refrigerator for a few hours. When chilled, serve over ice.

Watch the Masala Chai Recipe Video

Learn how to make authentic Masala Chai with this recipe video, where the aromatic spices blend perfectly with black tea to create a comforting and flavorful beverage experience.

Where Does Your Masala Chai Come From?

Our Masala Chai is made of Assam black tea of a single origin blended with chai spices from different parts of India.

Benefits of Drinking Masala Chai

Masala Chai offers a cup of wellness blending antioxidant-rich black tea with digestive spices. This aromatic infusion not only aids gut health but also boasts anti-inflammatory properties, regulates blood glucose levels and promotes heart, brain, and oral health. Indian Masala Chai provides a comforting and flavorful experience with each sip while promotinh overall well-being. Read more about our love for Chai!

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Chaiwala Tiger

The mighty Chaiwala Tiger calls India its homeground, with almost 70% of the world population contained within its dense forests. Historically hunted for its prized skin, its population is steadily increasing after poaching was curbed.

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Customer Reviews

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Jay
Great wake-up tea

I have to admit, I had never tried a chai with black pepper before this, and so I was a bit nervous it would overpower the blend.

Boy am I glad to be wrong!

It has a perfect amount of spice and is enjoyable by itself or with milk. I drink this Masala Chai every day, and I might be hooked.

D
Darby in Arizona
Perfect for an Afternoon in the Garden

If you’re looking for a mild chai that gives you a caffeine pop, as well, this is your tea!

The fragrance from the bag is strong with ginger and cloves, warmed by the aroma of the Assam black tea. Poured into my strainer, the product is, well, adorable! It’s crumbly, multi-colored, intriguing. As I poured, the brew was instantly rich and dark, so steeping was less than 30 seconds. The aroma was mild, with the pepper taking front and center.

The taste is warm, but light. My sister, a traditional “overwhelm me with the spices” kind of chai drinker — found it “delightfully mild.” Interestingly, the cardamon, ginger, and cinnamon tend to hit the soft palate and linger there for several beats, so the aftertaste is stronger than the taste from the initial sip. I personally find this interesting, albeit not always useful — this is definitely a tea I will enjoy in the afternoon, sitting out in the spring sunshine in my garden. This is not a tea I will drink with food (though it was lovely with a piece of salted dark chocolate caramel).

Overall, as someone who is not inherently a chai drinker, I found the Masala Chai very tasteful and aromatic, delightful and enjoyable. I would highly recommend it to those who do not like to be knocked over by the spices, but want something individual and warming.

T
Tracy Paeschke

Great teas!

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L.
I’ve been searching for a masala chai like this!

I love a well-spiced chai - and this one is the epitome of a well-spiced chai. I prepared this according to the instructions (though I tweaked the milk/water ratio to have a bit more milk in it). The resulting beverage was fragrant, smooth, fully-spiced without being overly spiced, and delicious. I enjoyed drinking it out of the kulhad I ordered.

C
Cyrenea

Masala Chai

Tea-riffic Q&A Sips

Masala chai is a blend of black crush, tear, and curl (CTC) tea and spices. The spices do differ in different regions of India but commonly used ones are ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, fennel, clove and black pepper. Read more about - All About The Feel Good Drink - Chai

Although rumor has it that the origins of chai can be traced back 5000-9000 years ago to an Indian king who ordered a traditional healing beverage to be made using Ayurveda herbs and spices, chai was not a beverage popularly consumed in India until it was colonized by the British and the East Indian Company started to manufacture and trade in tea. Initially the tea was just exported to Britain and available for a few elite in India, but with the Great Depression that started in 1929, there was decrease in tea sales in Britain and so the East India Company decided to popularize tea in India. This lead to the development of CTC and then over time Indians started adding spices and milk to the tea that lead to the evolution of Masala Chai.

In addition to black CTC tea other spices include ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, star anise, fennel, etc. Every household and state in India has their own special recipe.

Make sure the chai blend has a good quality CTC, which depends on the grade and also is single origin, directly sourced and fresh. Ensure that the ingredients are natural and not artificial flavoring. Our masala chai has real ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper. As compared to other brands, our masala chai blend is rich in ginger and cardamom and has lower quantities of cinnamon ensuring a beautiful zesty and aromatic blend.

Masala Chai is traditionally made over a stove top. If you wish to steep your chai, take 2-3 teaspoons (4-6g) of our masala chai blend and insert it in a disposable tea bag or tea infuser and place it in 4-6 fl-oz of boiling water in a tea cup. Steep for 4-5 minutes and remove the chai masala tea bag or infuser. Add a dash of milk and sugar if desired. If you are looking for chai tea bags, take a look at our Blue Chai which has butterfly blue pea flowers, chai spices and is caffeine-free.

Yes, masala chai contains caffeine. The basic ingredient of masala chai is black tea, which naturally contains caffeine. The caffeine content in masala chai varies depending on factors like the type of black tea used and the brewing process. Still, it generally contains moderate levels of caffeine which is approximately 50-60 g/cup.

Masala chai has a rich and complex flavor profile characterized by spices commonly used in masala chai, such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black pepper. These spices infuse the tea with a delightful blend of earthy, spicy, and slightly sweet notes, creating a comforting and aromatic beverage. The black tea provides a bold and slightly astringent base, which balances well with the warmth and depth of the spices. Overall, masala chai offers a harmonious blend of soothing and refreshing flavors, making it a beloved beverage many enjoy.

Chai, or "tea" in Hindi, refers to the traditional Indian beverage made from brewed black tea leaves, milk, sugar, and various spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. It is a staple drink in Indian culture and is enjoyed throughout the day. On the other hand, masala chai specifically refers to spiced tea, where "masala" translates to "spice blend" in Hindi. Masala chai includes all the components of traditional chai but adds these aromatic spices, giving it a more robust and flavorful profile. So, while chai denotes the general concept of tea, masala chai emphasizes explicitly the inclusion of spices, adding complexity and depth to the beverage.

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