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Two cups of decaf masala chai. A brown hand reaching for one cup of chai. Chai masala or spices in the lower left hand corner of the photo. Decaf tea bags in the upper right hand side of the photo along with a blue and white tea pot.

Decaf Masala Chai

  • Author: Shri Repp
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This is a recipe for a creamy cup of decaf masala chai that does not compromise on the strong black tea flavor or aromatic Indian spices but lacks caffeine to allow you to enjoy chai at any time of day.




  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Add tea masala, tea, and sugar and allow the spices and tea to steep together for ~3 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add milk and stir. Allow the milk to boil, foam, and rise, which should take 7-9 minutes. Once it starts to rise, turn off the heat. It is important to keep a close eye on the pot or the milk may overflow.
  3. Pour tea into cups, making sure to divide equally. Add more sugar to taste.


  • The rule of thumb is that 1 tablespoon loose leaf black tea = 2 tablespoons of decaf loose leaf black tea (steep for x2 the time if going this route) = 8 decaf black tea bags.
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: Decaf Masala Chai