Try This Generations-Old Masala Chai Recipe for a Perfect Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Yakuta's Spiced Masala Chai
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
1 drink

This fragrant, spiced Indian-style iced masala chai will give you a good shake up. Masala chai is very popular around the world and trust me, there’s a good reason for that. The aroma from the spices, earthiness from the black tea and creaminess from the milk results in an amazing concoction that will tantalize your taste buds with every sip.

For me, I remember sweet chai time memories that take me back to my childhood where the whole family would get together and talk about the day. This is a cold brew adaption from my own grandmother’s very own recipe of masala chai. The hints from the cooked black tea with cardamom, ginger and a touch of rose water give it an amazing aroma and once the chai is cooled, the addition of milk and condensed milk, takes the decadent beverage to a whole new level.

Here are a couple of suggestions for how you can customize the recipe to your tastes and dietary needs: 

  • For making a hot cup of masala chai, instead of making two separate mixtures (concentrate and milk concoction), cook it all together for 5 minutes and let it come to a boil.
  • For a dairy-free version, use oat milk and agave for best results.
  • The spices can be altered – you can use clove, black pepper, cinnamon or saffron.
  • The concentrate can be made ahead and stored in a jar for future use. Best kept for up to one week in the refrigerator.
  • Like Yakuta’s Masala Chai recipe? Try her Chilled Rose Cooler with Basil Seeds.



    Masala Chai Concentrate

    cup water
    tsp loose black tea leaves
    cardamom pods
    tsp rose water
    tsp grated ginger

    Milk Concoction

    cup whole milk (1/4 cup if you’d like it stronger)
    Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
    Tbsp evaporated milk



    Resting time: 10 minutes

    Yakuta's spiced masala chai mise en place
    Step 1

    In a small pot, add water, black tea leaves, cardamom pods, rose water and grated ginger. 

    Step 2

    Cook on medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.

    Yakuta's spiced masala chai concentrate
    Step 3

    In a jar/bowl, mix whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk.

    Step 4

    Assembly: In a tall glass, add lots of ice cubes. Pour the masala chai concentrate and the milk concoction. Mix with a straw and enjoy.

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