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In the Kitchen with Chado: Chai Preparation 101

In the Kitchen with Chado: Chai Preparation 101

Today we are going back to the basics here at Chado Tea.  Pull up a seat with your favorite mug and get ready to learn one of the best tea basics, Chai Preparation 101.  Fun fact about one of our founders Devan Shah, he is credited by the World Tea Organization for bringing Chai to the United States.  So when we say we know a little something about Chai, we know a little something about Chai!  Below we have provided a quick and easy step by step recipe on how to prepare this thousands of years old drink.

How to Make Masala Chai


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup milk of choice (oat milk, almond milk, cashew milk are great alternatives)

  • 2 teaspoons of any of our loose leaf chai (add in a additional teaspoon if you are making this for an iced option)

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of sweetener of choice to taste (sugar, maple syrup, agave syrup)


  1. Brew the Chai:

    1. In a saucepan, add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.

    2. Add the chai tea leaves and freshly grated ginger to the boiling water.

    3. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes to infuse the flavors.

  2. Add Milk and Sweetener:

    1. Pour in 1 cup of milk of your choice.

    2. Stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons of your sweetener, adjusting the sweetness to your preference. 

  3. Simmer and Strain:

    1. Simmer until the milk starts to boil.

    2. Once at a boil, remove from the heat.  Make sure not to let your milk boil over.

  4. Strain and Serve:

    1. Using a fine-mesh strainer, pour the masala chai into your favorite cup.

    2. Discard the tea leaves left in the strainer.  The tea leaves are compostable!

  5. Optional Foam Step for a Chai Latte:

    1. If you’d like to make a chai latte, use a milk frother to foam your steamed milk of choice until it’s creamy and use it to top off the latte. 

Interested in our Chai Offerings?

Visit our website to browse the extensive collection of Chai blends we have to offer.