Jaggery masala chai

The perfect monsoon staple is masala chai – strong and redolent with the aroma of spices. Try this recipeĀ  – it substitutes sugar with jaggery for a superbly earthy flavor that goes beautifully with the spice kick!

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(Makes 2 cups)


  • 2 cup water
  • 2-3 tsp loose leaf black tea (strong)
  • 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/2 inch crushed ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2-star anise
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 1 cup milk
  • Jaggery powder, to taste


  1. Heat water with black tea leaves (strong).
  2. Add cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, ginger, fennel seeds, star anise and black peppercorns.
  3. Boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Add milk and brew till tea is rich brown in colour and slightly thickened. A lovely spice-laden aroma of the tea should waft through.
  5. Strain and serve hot with sweetened with jaggery or cane sugar.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. reina gidwani says:

    Hi Shilps, I make it almost exactly this way and have it with jaggery syrup. Reina Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    Liked by 1 person

  2. cakeline says:

    Hi Reina…..true nothing better than a self-brewed hot cup of tea on a rainy day


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