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The Best Masala Chai (spiced milk tea | dairy-free)

It will only take you 5 minutes to try and make The Best Masala Chai, which will soon be on your daily rotation if you follow this recipe. This authentic Masala Chai recipe is super easy as you can make it from scratch with only a few ingredients and the spices you have on hand! Dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and nut-free. Great with breakfast or after dinner.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dairy-free masala chai, spiced milk tea, the best masala chai recipe, vegan drink
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Marlène Mamia


  • fine mesh strainer
  • Saucepan
  • wooden spoon
  • mugs


Optional but recommended:


  • Watch the one-minute recipe video (scroll down a bit) to see all instruction steps.
  • Heat up a saucepan on high heat and add all ingredients in the saucepan.
    masala chai with soy milk
  • Bring milk tea to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Occasionally gently press the tea bags against the pan when stirring.
    masala chai in saucepan spiced milk tea
  • Squeeze the liquid out of the tea bags by taking them out of the tea and gently pressing them against the saucepan, and remove the tea bags from the saucepan.
    tea bags for milk tea
  • Serve the tea using a fine mesh strainer.
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  • Optional: froth 1/4 mug of soy milk using a milk frother (linked is the one I use) and pour it evenly into the drinks.
    frosted milk for masala chai



*Soy milk is the best dairy-free option to make vegan Masala Chai. I have tried making it with other milks such as almond, rice and oat milk, and soy milk has always worked best to make this drink as good and creamy as possible. I do not recommend substituting with another milk, but oat milk also works fine if you are allergic to soy.
I like to use Provamel soya calcium drink to make The Best Masala Chai recipe, it is my favourite UK brand to make spiced milk tea!
**The cardamom has to be slightly opened in order to get the flavour out of it. To open your cardamom, gently bite into it or squeeze it between your thumb and forefinger to crack it open.
***I recommend using jaggery sugar for the best result, but you can substitute with brown sugar, maple syrup, or agave syrup. Keep in mind jaggery sugar is slightly less sweet than other sweeteners, so you would have to use slightly more sweetener than the recommended amount.


Serving: 1mug | Calories: 91kcal