Masala Vegan

Plant based recipes inspired by spices and green living!


Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Tea)


Spiced Tea is one of the famous drinks across the world. The main spices used are cardamom, cinnamon, anise seed, peppercorns, fennel seeds and cloves simmered in warm water. Depending on the weather fresh Basil Leaves, Ginger pieces crushed or Mint leaves and lemon slices are also added to the tea  for their healing properties. There are two ways of using the spices, either by dry roasting and finely powdering to add into the tea, or by simmering whole spices. I usually simmer whole spices along with crushed Ginger and Basil leaves.


  • Green Cardamom pods, whole – 5
  • Cinnamon bark – 1″ piece
  • Peppercorns – 4 to 5
  • Star Anise – 1 piece
  • Green Fennel Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Almond Milk – 2 cups
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Raw Sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Ginger, chopped – 1″ piece
  • Black strong Tea, 3 teabags or 6 teaspoons loose tea
  • Basil leaves or Mint leaves, fresh – 1 sprig

To prepare,

The Dry Spice Mix – Grind together the lightly roasted cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorns and fennel seeds with mortar and pestle or coffee/spice grinder.  Add 3 teaspoons at step 3 below.

If using whole spices then,

  1. Simmer tea in water in heavy pan with the spices and sugar.
  2. Add the milk.
  3. Bring to a boil before adding the Ginger and Basil leaves.
  4. Simmer on low heat for 3 – 5 minutes to infuse the tea.
  5. Strain the hot drink into cups and serve hot.





I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I'm found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️