Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Tea)

masala chai in mug with instant pot and a plate of parathas in the background

Masala chai is perfectly spiced Indian tea with milk, sugar, whole spices and fresh ginger.

  • Author: Saima
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Pressure cooking
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 6 whole green cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 stick whole cinnamon 
  • 5 cloves
  • 1" piece fresh ginger
  • 4 cups water 
  • 8-10 black teabags
  • 2 cups fresh whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  1. Put all the spices and ginger in a spice grinder and grind coarsely.
  2. Pour the water in the steel insert of your instant pot and hit sauté. When the water starts boiling, add the teabags (tags removed) and spice mixture. Cancel sauté. 
  3. Add the milk and sugar. Secure the lid, make sure the steam release handle is turned to 'sealing' and hit the pressure cooking button. Set the timer to four minutes. When the timer beeps, allow a natural release of pressure. 
  4. Open the pot and stir the brew. Remove the teabags and strain the hot tea into a teapot or directly into warm mugs or cups. 


  1. Substitute the teabags with loose black tea if you want. Loose tea is stronger than teabags, so 4 tablespoons would be enough. 
  2. Vary the spices according to your taste. 
  3. To store leftover tea, cool it completely and pour into glass containers. It keeps in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat in a microwave. 


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