Lover’s Moshola Chai

I am getting into the habit of elaborately naming my recipes. I included lover in this name because every time I've made this recipe for a date or guy I like they seem really impressed with my knowledge of all the spices that go in to it. In Bangla, we call spices moshola more commonly known as Masala in Hindi. So if you’re looking for a cute drink to make for your date you should keep this one bookmarked. Unless they don't like warm cozy tea drinks. In that case you should probably dump them (I’m only half kidding).

You’ll Need

  • Mortar and Pestle

  • Optional: High Speed Blender or Milk Frother*


  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks (2 thin ones or 1 large one)

  • 5-7 cloves

  • 5-6 green cardamom pods

  • 1 tsp of fennel seeds

  • 1 tsp of whole black peppercorns

  • ½ tbsp of dried ginger granules (dried ginger is better for steeping as opposed to fresh ginger)

  • 1-2 star anise (not traditional in South Asian cooking but I really like the licorice flavor profile they add)

  • 1 tbsp of good quality Black Assam tea leaves

  • 2 cups of almond or soy milk

  • 1 cup of hot water to steep the tea

  • Raw honey to sweeten

  1. Spread out all spices on a dry skillet and put over medium heat until spices are fragrant. This should only take 1 to 2 minutes. Keep a close eye on them as these spices can burn easily.

  2. Crush the toasted spices with a mortar and pestle. You do not have to make a fine powder.

  3. Add the spices and tea leaves in the hot water and steep for 7 to 10 minutes.

  4. Heat the milk on medium heat until frothy. Do not boil.

  5. Strain the tea and mix with almond milk.

  6. Pour in to two mugs and stir in raw honey to preferred sweetness (I find ½ tbsp of honey usually works best)

  7. *Optional: Foam the milk with a blender (on a medium setting) or frother for a latte like drink and sprinkle with a small pinch of powdered cinnamon to make it look even more cute.