Masala Chai Recipe, Masala Tea Recipe – Masala Chai Recipe OPOS

by | May 5, 2016 | 22 comments


In this method, you make tea in a pressure cooker. The flavors are locked and sealed inside the cooker. It creates a very bold flavour. Its easy, its tasty and you will make it again and again.

Indian households make chai / tea mostly using loose tea leaves. Don’t spend too much on getting the best tea leaf available. Indian tea is made with mamri tea leaves. Mamri tea is tea that has been cured in an unique inexpensive way. It produces granules or powder instead of the popular curl tea leaf. Infact, my mother would refer to it as tea “powder”. She has never used the word tea “leaf”. So pick up an inexpensive tea “powder” with the label “made in India”.


Then comes the spices. I have used ginger, cardamom and cloves. Slightly crush them in a mortar and pestle to release its flavor.
A note on ginger – Too much ginger will make the milk curdle and you will ruin your tea. So don’t go over board on ginger.

Here is the fool proof and the best method of making tea.
Hope you like the video. Enjoy!
Note: 2 liter or 3 liter pressure cooker is recommended for this recipe

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Chai – Masala Tea Recipe – OPOS Masala Chai Recipe

Indian Chai – Masala Tea recipe with step by step pictures and a detailed video. Chai – Tea made with spices and indian mamri tea leaves.

  • Total Time: 6 mins
  • Yield: 1.5 cups (2 servings) 1x


  • 1 Cup water (add it to the pressure cooker)

For Tea

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon loose tea leaf powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, crushed
  • 2 cardamom, crushed
  • 2 cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoon sugar


  1. Add a cup of water to a two liter pressure cooker.
  2. Place a bowl inside the cooker and add in all the ingredients mentioned above.
  3. Cover the cooker and cook for 3 minutes on medium flame. About 1-2 whistles might come in these 3 minutes.
  4. Switch off the flame and remove the pressure manually.
  5. Strain the tea and serve hot.


I have used ginger, cardamom and cloves. Slightly crush them in a mortar and pestle to release its flavor.
A note on ginger – Too much ginger will make the milk curdle and you will ruin your tea. So don’t go over board on ginger.

The term OPOS and One Pot One Shot are registered trademarks owned by Mr.Ramakrishnan. The recipes have been adapted from his OPOS Cookbook. They are used in Kannamma Cooks with prior permission. The recipes are an adaptation from the cookbook.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Tea
  • Cuisine: Indian



  1. Srimitha

    Tried this today and loved it. Nice flavored tea. Thank You !!!

    As you said, need to be cautious on the ginger part – first time – i tried with lil more ginger and the milk curdled.

  2. Sreevalli

    I came across your blog today and I tried masala chai
    Woww it came well thank you so much for sharing such a tasty chai recipe

  3. Sylvia

    Should we boil the milk prior to pressure cooking it?

  4. Bharti Agrawal

    I need the tea for two always. Can I place 2 cups on a bigger pressure cooker, like 3.5 litre.
    If so, how much water should be put in the pressure cooker?

    Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

  5. R.Dhanush

    Madam how to make onion pokada .

  6. Dhanush

    Madam how to make onion pokada .

  7. Jigs

    was looking for typical tamil sambhar recipe .. and I came across ur blog.. Totally luvd ur recipes, Will try and post my experience for sure, Keep posting more recipes… – Love from another fan of Illayaraja, Chennai, Beaches and Julia Child πŸ™‚

  8. Prathibha

    Wow! I tried it today and it came with perfect taste . Thank you.

  9. Tanya

    Is this dried ginger or fresh?

  10. Sujeetha

    Why dont just boli the ingredients?

  11. Jay

    Amazing n flavorful tea, it’s an experience for tea lovers πŸ˜‰ enjoyed my cup of evening tea

  12. sreelatha

    Flavorsome!!!! Thanks for such a perfect tea…really RROCKKSSSS..

  13. Lucky

    Amazing tea ! Hubby loved it !

  14. geetha

    Interesting way of making tea.So we have to put the weight on the lid?Mine is an old Prestige pressure cooker.

    • Suguna Vinodh

      yes. The recipe works well in a 2 liter pressure cooker with lid and weight on!


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