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homemade masala cutting chai

Mumbai Chai Recipe | What is cutting chai and how to make it | Homemade Masala Tea

You will love this recipe as it tastes real, this is cutting chai in all its glory!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Low Calorie, Vegetarian
Keyword: Cutting Chai, Homemade Masala, Indian spices, Masala Tea
Servings: 4 portions
Calories: 35kcal


  • 1 tbsp Ginger Fresh and Chopped
  • 10 Cardamoms
  • 2 tbsp Black Tea I used Assam
  • 250 ml Water 1 cup
  • 50 ml Semi-Skimmed Milk 2 oz – adjust the quantity according to taste
  • 1 tbsp White Sugar – adjust the quantity according to taste


  • In a mortar, using the pestle, crush the fresh ginger and cardamom pods until the seeds are lightly crushed and you can see the threads of the ginger. Should you not have a pestle and mortar, you can lightly grind these in an upside-down blender.
  • Add the ginger, cardamom, tea, and water to a pot and bring to the boil; once it boils, reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  • Add the milk and sugar, mix well, bring back to the boil, and allow to simmer for a further minute or two.
  • Strain the cutting chai using a mesh strainer; using a spoon, lightly press the tea, cardamom, and ginger after straining to get the extra flavor out of them.
  • Serve hot with some afternoon treats! Enjoy!


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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