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Chai for Two

Watch and learn how to make tea for two. Sharing my best recipe for two cups of strong chai that you can make in less than 10 minutes.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: how to make tea for 2, how to prepare tea with milk, strong chai recipe, water to milk ratio in tea
Servings: 2 people
Author: Famidha Ashraf


  • 1 deep saucepan
  • 1 fine strainer


  • cup water
  • 1 pinch cardamom powder (optional)
  • 4 teaspoons tea leaves (eg. wagh bhakri)
  • ½ cup full-fat milk
  • sweetener of choice


  • Heat water in a deep saucepan on medium to high flame until you start seeing bubbles. (approx 3 mins). Maintain the same flame throughout the process. At this point, you may add crushed cardamom.
    1½ cup water
  • Add 3 to 4 teaspoons of tea leaves. (4 being for strong chai) Bring this to a full rolling boil. (approx 2 mins). Stir with a spoon or swirl the pan to make sure the tea leaves and water is mixed thoroughly.
    4 teaspoons tea leaves
  • Add ½ cup milk (you don't have to warm it.) The boiling will immediately stop but don't increase or reduce the flame at any point.
    ½ cup full-fat milk
  • Bring this to a boil and let it boil for a minute or until it reaches your preferred "strong" colour. (approx 2 mins). Again, use a spoon to stir or swirl the pan to make sure the milk fat doesn't stick to the bottom.
    1 pinch cardamom powder
  • Strain the hot chai into a large mug with sugar or serve sugar separately. 
    sweetener of choice
  • Stir to dissolve the sugar. Divide the prepared chai into two cups by pouring from a height to create froth.
  • Serve with your favourite tea time treats.