Hot Chocolate Masala Chai


Off season rain has bought the mercury levels down in Chennai and with that I am down with severe cold and mild fever. My taste buds started to crave for something spicy and my throat did not allow anything solid to go in…so I thought of making something to soothe my craving by making a hot cup of masala chai.


2 Black/Green tea bags

2 tbsp. Honey

½ tbsp. Vanilla extract

2 cups Milk

3 tbsp. unsweetened Cocoa powder


½ tbsp. Black peppercorns

½ tbsp. Fennel seeds

½ tbsp. Ginger

4 Cloves

3 green Cardamom

1 1’inch Cinnamon stick

½ tbsp. Nutmeg powder

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Coarsely grind the ingredients mentioned under ‘TO GRIND’ to make ‘masala chai’ masala.

Bring 2 cups of water to boil and remove from heat. Drop in tea bags and allow steeping for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and place the pan back on flame.

Add in above made coarsely ground masala along with vanilla extract. Leave it to boil for 3-4 minutes. Reduce the flame and pour in milk.

Keep stirring and don’t allow this to boil. After 4 minutes, add in cocoa powder. Keep stirring until the chai gets desired consistency. Stir in honey and turn off the flame.

Strain into desired cups and serve hot.

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