Cardamom and Fennel Tea

Masala Chai

Cardamom and Fennel Tea
Diet Info: DF GF F LF Na LS VG V Fa
Cardamom and Fennel tea is my every day (wake up my senses) tea. Now, someone will ask me, “3 years of blogging and so many years of cooking, why didn’t you share this recipe before?” I will say “I always thought this tea is so common, everyone will know this recipe.” It is not until recently when one of my friends had tea with me and asked about the recipe and I realized, may be its worth sharing. Someone out there would like to try my family staple morning tea recipe.

Growing up, I don’t remember a morning (not even a single morning) waking up without smelling my mom’s cardamom and fennel tea boiling on stove top and filling whole house with perfume of cardamom, fennel and strong black tea. Till today, without a cup of this tea, feels like day has not started yet.

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Cardamom and Fennel Tea

Cardamom and Fennel Tea
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Indian ()
Serves: 2


  • 2-3 Cardamom (cardamom pods, slightly crushed or use 1/2 tsp cardamom powder)
  • 1 tsp Sugar (Optional)
  • 2 tsp Darjeeling Tea (Or any strong black tea like Society Tea or 2 tea bags)
  • 2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Milk (Preferably Whole Fat milk)
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds


  • Step for Recipe - Cardamom and Fennel Tea 1. In a sauce pan, bring water to a rolling boil. Add tea, fennel & cardamom and simmer for 6-7 minutes till tea gives nice dark black color to the water and also water has reduced from original 2 cup to about 1 and 1/2 cup.
  • Step for Recipe - Cardamom and Fennel Tea 2. Now add milk and continue simmering for 1 more minute. Remove from heat, strain with a tea strainer and serve with your choice of breakfast bread. Enjoy!!

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5 Responses

  1. I always order Masala Tea at Indian Restaurants, it will be exciting to make it at home. I am trying it today, off to store to buy some cardamom.
  2. I often make Cardamom flavored Chai with starbucks teabags, really aromatic and adds to taste too. Love you idea of making at home. thanks for sharing.
  3. Ooh!!! this sounds delicious, I have to try your Masala Tea recipe
  4. Hot Tea for breakfast! what can be better then that?
  5. We also have same tradition of having cardamom and fennel tea at home every morning, you are so right, it never gets old and day does not start without it. thanks for bringing back the memories.