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  • Writer's pictureVaishali A. Patel


Masala Chai is a Desi staple drink that originated in South Asia. Another variation is Saffron Chai (also known as Kesar Masala Chai) where the Saffron adds a bit of earthy sweet tones to it. You can make a Masala-Saffron Chai or both are great for different sipping occasions.

Saffron Chai Recipe

For 4 People, makes 2 cups of chai

Need: 10-ish strands of saffron, soaked in water or milk until it gives off a saffron aroma

1 cup water 1 cup milk (if you need a dairy free alternative, I love oat milk) 11/2 tsp black tea leaves 2 tsp cane sugar 1 tsp minced ginger (optional) 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional) 1 tsp tea masala (you can find them on Amazon or Indian grocery stores) Tea Strainer Small pot

Method: Boil the water for 1 min. on medium heat Add the tea leaves, sugar, masala, ginger, and saffron. Boil for another minute Add the milk and boil until it boils up.. Add the turmeric if you choose to and stir Strain it and enjoy your chai!

If you are looking for the perfected Vegan Chai recipe, I posted about it here.

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