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One of my fondest memories of the time I spent in India in 2016 is of drinking masala chai tea from a small clay cup while sitting in a tuk tuk pulled up at the roadside in Varanasi (pictured below). So, when fellow blogger, Geetha Priyanka of Flavours Treat offered to share her mother’s Masala Chai Tea recipe for my Eat Like a Local guest post series, I couldn’t have been happier.

Drinking masala chai tea in a tuk tuk in Varanasi, India

My Eat Like a Local guest post series sees fellow bloggers share recipes from their own home country or culture; it could be a recipe that originates from the country they are originally from, or perhaps another destination which they have now grown to call home.

Today, Geetha is based on Stoke-on-Trent, but her Masala Chai Tea recipe has its roots in India.

Geetha Priyanka – India

Geetha Priyanka, blogger at Flavours Treat. Geetha contributed her masala chai tea recipe to my blog.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Geetha Priyanka, a part-time food blogger and a full-time mother to the most adorable, naughty and cute little girl. After being a restaurateur for eight years, I’m taking a break to take care of my daughter.

I am Indian, now living in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. I am vegetarian by choice and a food enthusiast who enjoys cooking for my family. My blog is called Flavours Treat. 

When did you begin blogging, and why did you decide to start a blog?

I started blogging six months ago, with the goal of giving confidence and inspiration to beginners to cook delicious, easy, wholesome and healthy recipes with easy-to-follow instructions including process shots (detailed step-by-step pictures) and video. My blog also features kid-friendly recipes made by my five-year-old daughter, Samyu. I aim to show you how interesting cooking can be, with the hope that cooks of all skill levels will get inspired to have fun in the kitchen.

What’s the best experience you’ve had as a blogger?

For me best part of blogging is getting positive feedback from readers which gives me confidence to come up with more exciting and delicious recipes. Being new to blogging world I am enjoying  connecting with amazing like minded bloggers.

What advice would you give to new bloggers who are just starting out?

Being a new blogger myself, I’m not sure that I’m in the position to give any advice but I would like to share my experience with brand new bloggers.

Connect with other bloggers in your niche as soon as you can. Don’t hesitate to ask for help; many bloggers will be happy to guide you along the way, because they were in your situation once too.

Facebook blogging groups can be another great platform upon which to learn and grow.

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Indian Masala Chai Tea recipe

Masala chai tea recipe from food blogger, Geetha Priyanka of Flavours Treat.

Geetha is sharing a recipe for the popular Indian spiced tea, masala chai, handed down to her by her mother.

I can’t believe how easy it is to make chai tea; I’m so eager to give it a go for myself, I’ve just splashed out on[Ad*] VonShef’s Granite Pestle and Mortar for just £12.99 on Amazon. It’ll come in really handy for all the curries I love to cook as well!

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Indian Masala Chai Tea

Masala chai spice mix is a mixture of aromatic Indian spices used to prepare authentic Indian tea, known as Masala Chai. This is a special and traditional tea from India containing different aromatic spices blend into a powder, combined with milk and black tea. There is no fixed recipe to make masala chai. Almost every household in India will have their own way to make it and here I am sharing my version which I have learned from from my mother.

Each spice brings a unique flavour to the chai, making it one of the most popular beverages worldwide. The spices used in the aromatic chai masala are also known for their health benefits.

Home made spices are always best as they impart a fresh aroma to the chai, so it's always better than using a store-bought chai mix. It is so easy to make the chai spice mix yourself; you'll probably have most of the spices in your cupboard already. Grind the whole spices in a coffee blender or small blender and store them in a sterilised air-tight jar. You can make your masala chai any time in a jiffy with this spice blend.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword hot drinks, indian, tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 7 cups
Author Geetha Priyanka


For the Masala Chai spice mix

  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 inch dry ginger
  • 2 tbsp green cardamoms
  • 2 inch cassia bark/cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves

For Masala Chai Tea

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • sugar to taste


  1. Crush the ingredients for the masala chai spice blend with a pestle and mortar, mix evenly and transfer to a sterilised air-tight container. 

  2. Bring the water to the boil over a medium-high heat and add the masala chai spice mix. Reduce the heat and boil on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

  3. Add the tea bag, sugar (optional), milk and let it brew for a couple of minutes, or longer if you prefer strong chai.

  4. Strain the liquid into cups and enjoy a hot and mildly spiced cup of traditional indian masala chai tea. 

Recipe Notes

  • Masala chai spice mix can be stored for nearly five months in an air-tight container at room temperature.
  • Be careful while brewing as the milk can easily rise and spill over.
  • Add or reduce masala chai spice mix as per your preferred spice levels.
  • You can swap dried ginger with ginger powder if you can't find it in the shops, or add fresh ginger while brewing the chai.

Enjoyed this post? Why not make yourself some of Geetha’s masala chai tea, put your feet up and take a look at some of the other recipes in my Eat Like a Local guest post series, like this hearty Flemish beef stew or this Norwegian yellow split pea soup?

This Indian Masala Chai Tea recipe uses a simple masala chai mix made from storecupboard ingedients and ready in just 5 minutes. Enjoy! #chaitea #masalachai #indiantea This Indian Masala Chai Tea recipe uses a simple masala chai mix made from storecupboard ingedients and ready in just 5 minutes. Enjoy! #chaitea #masalachai #indiantea

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  1. January 5, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    I’ve never tried chai tea, but I know a lot of people love it. I’ll have to give it a go.

    • January 6, 2019 / 1:42 pm

      If you can get a decent cuppa chai, it’s lush! I don’t really like the shop-bought mixes though.

  2. January 6, 2019 / 12:26 am

    How fabulous, I love food that evokes special memories and you loos so happy and relaxed in the Tuk tuk picture. Mich x

    • January 6, 2019 / 1:41 pm

      Aww thank you Michelle. I love it when a particular food or drink evokes fond memories too, food nostalgia is the best!

  3. ChelseaMamma
    January 6, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    I have never tried chai tea before but would love to give it a try

    • January 6, 2019 / 1:40 pm

      I love chai tea. I find it very therapeutic and calming!

  4. January 6, 2019 / 6:51 pm

    What a gorgeous sounding recipe! I’ve never been to India, yet, but I do love masala chai. I’d love to drink it in a tuk tuk!

    • January 7, 2019 / 2:09 am

      It was a great experience – although I was glad we had pulled up to get the chai, I don’t fancy drinking it in a moving tuk tuk, haha!

  5. January 7, 2019 / 12:14 am

    I need to try this chai tea recipe!

  6. January 7, 2019 / 12:50 am

    Oh I absolutely LOVE a chai tea, obviously it tastes lush but it relaxes me as well xxx

    • January 7, 2019 / 2:07 am

      I know what you mean. I drink chai when I have to go to hospital appointments and wait around sometimes for hours feeling anxious so end up going to get a coffee, but chai does help to calm my nerves.

  7. kelsey
    January 7, 2019 / 3:23 pm

    This looks so delicious. I’m a massive chai tea fan but I never thought about attempting to make it for myself!

    • January 8, 2019 / 12:30 pm

      Me neither, but now I know how easy it is I’m going to have to give it a go!

    • January 8, 2019 / 12:29 pm

      I highly recommend it Crystal 🙂 Let me know how you get on!

  8. January 13, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    I have never tried Chai tea before and didn’t really know that there were more types of Chai tea. This sounds interesting though x

    • January 13, 2019 / 10:59 pm

      Yes, there are a few different kinds. Masala chai is very popular.