Nepali Masala Chai Tea recipe

If you ever visit Nepal, drink Masala Chai Tea. You would probably even do that without me saying this, because Nepali people love their tea. They would drink it all day, any day. And I understand why. It’s just a real comforting and delicious drink, combining a range of spices with milk and black tea, for that perfect flavor. A Nepali favorite. And an Indian one, since it’s a common drink in India as well.

Nepali Masala Chai Tea brings back memories of wandering through the roads of Kathmandu, the lovely Nepali people, shaky rides in the Tempo (Tuk Tuk), sudden rain storms flooding the streets, the smell of incents all throughout the day, warm but dark evenings due to power outage… It’s such a gorgeous country.

Masala tea recipe

Now you can enjoy the taste of Nepal at home. Here’s the very easy recipe for Nepali Chai Milk Tea. There are several different recipes to be found online, but this one is easy. All hail to the microwave 🙂 Tried and tested: let’s go!

Ingredients for Nepali Masala Chai Tea

  • 1 tea bag, black tea
  • ½ cup of whole milk
  • ½ cup of boiling water
  • Sugar to taste


  • 2 crushed cloves
  • 2 crushed cardamom pods
  • A dash of ground cinnamon
  • Optional: a small piece of fresh ginger, cut into little pieces
  • Optional: a crushed black pepper corn

Make your Nepali Masala Chai Tea as followed

  1. Put half a cup of water in one mug, and add the tea bag. Let it set for a while.
  2. In the meantime, put the milk in another mug and add the sugar and all the spices. Give it a quick stir and place the mug in the microwave. It will take around 2 minutes on 750W to bring the milk to a boil. Keep an eye on it! Otherwise it will overflow.
  3. Take your mug out of the microwave and add the tea (tea bag included). Stir it well for about half a minute.
  4. Take out the clove, cardamom, tea bag, and the pepper corns / ginger if you added those.
  5. Enjoy!

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One Comment

  1. Phil Foster Reply

    my wife and I have been drinking masala chai for about 3 years, ever since I read a book about trekking
    in Nepal. every time they stopped they were given masala chai, so I had to try it. I bought mine online, already mixed, at first we tried it with milk, but did not really like it, so since then we have it without milk and enjoy so much we have it nearly every day.

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