Masala Chai with Dates and Honey

~ Masala Chai (Spiced Tea) with Dates and Honey ~

The holiday season is approaching, which of course means that our lives will become more, ahem, spirited. It’s around this time of year that I usually post my gløgg recipe here at TasteFood. But before I let that genie out of the bottle, I will first offer this recipe for Masala Chai. Like gløgg, it’s warm and spiced, but instead of wine, it consists of milk and tea. As you brew it your kitchen will smell like cookies, cake and a holiday all at once. Unlike gløgg, chai has no alcohol, so you are free to imbibe as much as you wish at any time of day. So go ahead and make a pot for a late morning or afternoon pick-me-up. And don’t worry – the glogg recipe is coming.

Masala Chai with Dates and Honey

The dates impart sweetness in the tea as it steeps. If desired, add honey for added sweetness. Cows milk or a combination of almond and cows milk may be used in the tea. Serves 2 to 3.

1 1/2 cups water
4 cardamon pods, crushed
6 cloves
2 medjool dates
1 cinnamon stick
1 one-inch piece of ginger root, sliced
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon assam tea

Combine the water, cardamom, cloves, dates, cinnamon, ginger and peppercorns  in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes. Add milk and tea. Simmer 5 minutes. Add honey to taste if desired. Strain into warm mugs.

12 responses to “Masala Chai with Dates and Honey

  1. This sounds wonderful and comforting! I love Chai and adore that you sweeten it with dates and honey! So natural and refreshing!

  2. Oh how I do adore your glogg! I believe I made a batch of it last year…mmm! This sounds lovely as well. Perfect for before 5 p.m. 😉

  3. I’ve just finished reading The Dovekeepers.. and all of these ingredients are mentioned in the book:)

  4. A heavenly brew! I love masala chai. This version/recipe is quite original.



  5. Oh this looks so comforting for this wonderful rainy day we have today. And it’s perfect since I’ve been obsessed with dates lately!

  6. My wife drinks chai made out of Tazo concentrate bought in brickpaks, I’ll have to make her some of this today to give her a taste of the real deal.

  7. eastofedencook

    It is pouring, just pouring rain this morning! Your Chai post is warming and full of comfort. Almond milk, dates and sweet bright spices sound just divine!

  8. To my mind, there is little better than a homemade chai, and this looks Wonderful!!

  9. Does anyone has an easy recipe for RED VELVET CAKE? with while frosting? Thank you very much.

  10. by the way I was told that some recipes make the red velevet cake with BEETROOTS (yes beets) not red food colorant, which I try to avoid as much as possible. God bless.

  11. Mmm, a cup of chai sounds wonderful! I like that you used almond milk in the mix – heading to the kitchen to make a pot now. Thank you for sharing!