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Masala Chai

Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 1 tbsp warm milk
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 1 1/2 cup milk preferably whole, but 2% works too
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-4 whole cardamoms
  • 1/4 inch stick of cinnamon Cinnamon can overpower the saffron smell. Use sparingly or skip altogether
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 1 tbsp tea leaves strong brew


  • Add saffron to 1 tbsp of warm milk and set aside.
  • Add water and milk to a pan (milk will boil over, so use a deep enough pan).
  • Add the whole spices and bring it to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add sugar and tea leaves and bring to another boil. Reduce heat and let the tea leaves soak for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add the saffron milk and serve with masala molasses cookies or samosas.