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everything you need to make your cup of chai

The thing I love most about Masala Chai is how easy and accessible it is to make. It’s a truly meditative, reflective process that helps me feel centered. We’ve compiled everything you’ll need to make your perfect cup. Happy brewing!

-Ayan Sanyal

Co-Founder of Kolkata Chai

-Ayan Sanyal

Co-Founder of Kolkata Chai

MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF CHAIIn minutes!

  • STEP 1

    BOIL 1 CUP OF WATER, ADD 3 TSP OF CHAI MIX AND LET BOIL

  • STEP 2

    SIMMER FOR 3 MIN, THEN ADD 1 CUP MILK

  • STEP 3

    BRING TO ROLLING BOIL, STEEP FOR 3 MIN, STRAIN & SWEETEN

Want to watch a step by step tutorial?

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What You’ll Need

Expand this section for a list of everything you need to make chai.

Equipment
  • POT

    We suggest a stainless steel pot with a lip

  • Ladle / Spoon*

    For stirring while your chai boils

*optional
Ingredients
*optional

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Servings:

Type of Milk:

Estimated Time

  • 2 min Water Boil
  • 3-4 min Final Boil
  • 5-6 min Total

Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup Water
  • 0.5 cup Dairy
  • 1 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 1 tbsp Ginger*
  • 2 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 2 min Water Boil
  • 3-4 min Final Boil
  • 5-6 min Total

Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup Water
  • 0.6 cup Non-Dairy
  • 1 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 1 tbsp Ginger*
  • 2 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 4 min Water Boil
  • 6-7 min Final Boil
  • 10-11 min Total

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Dairy
  • 2 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 2 tbsp Ginger*
  • 1 1/3 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 4 min Water Boil
  • 6-7 min Final Boil
  • 10-11 min Total

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1.1 cups Non-Dairy
  • 2 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 2 tbsp Ginger*
  • 1 1/3 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 4 min Water Boil
  • 7 min Final Boil
  • 11 min Total

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 1.5 cups Dairy
  • 3 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 3 tbsp Ginger*
  • 2 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 4 min Water Boil
  • 7 min Final Boil
  • 11 min Total

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 1.7 cups Non-Dairy
  • 3 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 3 tbsp Ginger*
  • 2 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 4 min Water Boil
  • 7-8 min Final Boil
  • 11-12 min Total

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Dairy
  • 4 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 4 tbsp Ginger*
  • 2 2/3 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 4 min Water Boil
  • 7-8 min Final Boil
  • 11-12 min Total

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2.3 cups Non-Dairy
  • 4 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 4 tbsp Ginger*
  • 2 2/3 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 5 min Water Boil
  • 10 min Final Boil
  • 13 min Total

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Water
  • 2.5 cups Dairy
  • 5 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 5 tbsp Ginger*
  • 3 1/3 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 5 min Water Boil
  • 10 min Final Boil
  • 13 min Total

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Water
  • 2.8 cups Non-Dairy
  • 5 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 5 tbsp Ginger*
  • 3 1/3 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 5 min Water Boil
  • 10-12 min Final Boil
  • 15-17 min Total

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Water
  • 3 cups Dairy
  • 6 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 6 tbsp Ginger*
  • 4 tbsp Sugar*

Estimated Time

  • 5 min Water Boil
  • 10-12 min Final Boil
  • 15-17 min Total

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Water
  • 3.4 cups Non-Dairy
  • 6 tbsp Kolkata Chai Mix
  • 6 tbsp Ginger*
  • 4 tbsp Sugar*

pro tip

Fresh, grated ginger is best but minced or powdered ginger can also be used. Use a few pinches of ginger for maximum flavor.

pro tip

After adding milk, boil the chai on high heat. Wait until bubbles form and chai rises, then simmer on low heat.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR CUP ☕️

Enjoy these pointers from Chef Ayan to make your cup, your way.

How can I make a non-dairy chai?

  • OAT MILK

  • ALMOND MILK

  • SOY MILK

What alternative sweeteners can I use?

  • Honey

    1 tsp per cup of chai

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    1 tsp per cup of chai

  • AGAVE

    1 tsp per cup of chai

My chai is too strong / weak, what can I do?

  • TOO STRONG

    Add a splash of milk and repeat until the color lightens

  • TOO WEAK

    Boil for 2-3 minutes more or add a pinch more of the Kolkata Chai blend.

MY BROWN FAMILY MADE FUN OF ME FOR SPENDING $18 ON CHAI. AND THEN TOLD ME TO BUY MORE AFTER THEY TRIED IT.”

-@SUHENNACREATIONS

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ANIK KHAN
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“Kolkata Chai is the only chai I drink outside of my mother’s."

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VASANTI
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“I love the authentic taste of the chai I made with their DIY Chai Kit. Every cup was soothingly delicious and delightfully spiced with complex, yet very well balanced flavors...and every cup can be made within minutes."

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MANISH DAYAL
@MANISHDAYAL

“The chai was 🤯🤯🤯. So good!”