Cooking with Auntie and Pria: Masala Tea

I was eased in gently with my impromptu cooking lessons in Jaipur, first being taught how to make masala tea. Now, keeping in mind I was taught to do this in a volunteer’s hostel, this is a recipe to make 30 cups! So if you follow it, do cut things down assuming you’re making tea for less!


  • 1.5 litres of milk
  • 1.5 litres of water
  • A good thick inch of ginger
  • 8 table spoons of sugar
  • 3 cardamons
  • A pinch of cloves
  • A dash of black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons of black tea leaves

1. Smash up your ginger good and proper



2. Set this to one side, and in a large saucepan put your milk and water. Bring to a boil.

3. Once at a boiling temperature, keeps stirring and add the entirety of your ingredients

4. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes


5. Return to a boiling temperature. As soon as the milk reaches this temperature, remove from the heat.

6. Using a colander, strain your tea through into a serving pot, leaving behind and lumps and bumps



7. Serve and enjoy!


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