Masala Chai latte

Easy Homemade Masala Chai Latte

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Homemade Chai Latte, Homemade Masala Chai, Masala Chai
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 82 kcal

A homemade chai latte from scratch can be made quickly with a ready-made homemade spice mix. Make a batch of the spice mix (masala) ahead of time and save for future cups of chai (tea).



Masala (Spice) Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Chai (Tea):

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 2 teaspoon pure cane sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon black loose tea
  • 1/4 teaspoon masala (spice mix)


PART 1: Make the Masala Mix

  1. Grind masala spices in mortar & pestle or electric spice or coffee bean grinder.

  2. OR use pre-ground spices. I used pre-ground ginger and nutmeg.

  3. Measurements are for the ground spice, not the whole spice.
  4. Mix all the spice ingredients together.
  5. Place masala mix in a sealed glass spice jar.
  6. Label and save.

PART 2: Make The Chai Latte

  1. Bring water to a boil. Steep tea for 5 minutes. Strain.

  2. Pour all the ingredients (brewed tea, spices and milk) together into a spouted saucepan.

  3. Bring to a slow boil and reduce immediately, stirring continuously.

  4. Lower heat to a very low simmer and stir for a few minutes.

  5. Froth with an electric milk frother.
  6. Or do as in India and pour from a height of 12 inches to achieve a similar effect!

  7. Pour into a cup and enjoy. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Recipe Notes

The spice (masala) mix itself is enough to yield about 60 cups of chai using 1/4 teaspoon per cup. Save in a glass spice jar. If you like a little more kick, you can increase the black pepper. I used a moderate amount of pepper in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Masala Chai Latte
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Cholesterol 2.5mg1%
Sodium 56.6mg2%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 16.4g5%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 16.1g18%
Protein 4.2g8%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.