Learn how to make the best homemade Indian chai recipe with milk. Super simple, yet super comforting! Keep your favorite biscuits ready for some tea dunking action.
Chai isn’t just a beverage in India and Pakistan, it’s literally a part of our culture. Feeling sad? Have tea. Bored? Have tea. And so on! If you love chai, don’t forget to check out this delicious Karak Chai made with evaporated milk and cardamom.
Chai is taken very seriously by millions in the subcontinent region.
Everyone has their own way of making tea, and there are so many recipes too: karak chai, masala chai, this Indian chai (doodh patti) and Kashmiri chai (also known as noon chai or pink tea).
Today we’re going back to basics and sharing this delicious and comforting hot beverage.
This is the easiest chai recipe that I’m sharing with you today. A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for Karak Chai, which is the chai recipe that converted me into a chai lover. But this Indian Chai recipe is also pretty delicious in its own way.
Ingredients for Indian Chai
You only need 3 ingredients for making Indian Chai:
- Black Tea leaves (I use Lipton, but Tetley is really good too)
- Sugar (this is optional)
What’s the difference between Indian Chai and Masala Chai?
Indian Chai (also known as doodh patti – milk tea, in Pakistan) is made with just milk and black tea. There are no spices added to this easy chai recipe. Masala Chai on the other hand is full of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and fennel seeds.
How to Make Indian Chai
We start by bringing milk to a gentle boil, and then add the black tea leaves and sugar. Keeping the heat gentle, boil the chai for about 5 minutes while continuously ladling it so that tea cooks properly and develops this gorgeous caramel color. And that’s about it. Easy peasy!!!
Snacks to Serve with Indian Chai
- Aloo Tikki
- Chicken Cheese Balls
- Shahi Tukda
- Chana Chaat
- Baked Spinach and Cheese Samosa
- Chocolate Samosa
- Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders
- Aloo Chaat
I do hope you try out this delicious homemade chai recipe, and I think you’ll be hooked.
What’s your favorite biscuit for dunking into tea? I’m torn between Digestive biscuits and Lotus. Tell me in the comments below!
Homemade Chai Recipe
- 2 cups milk
- 3 teaspoons black tea
- 2 teaspoons sugar or to taste
- Bring milk to a boil in a saucepan, and then lower the heat so that it does not boil over.
- Add the tea and sugar and let it gently boil for 5 minutes while continuously ladling it so that the tea cooks properly.
- Pour tea into mugs using a tea strainer.
- Serve immediately.