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Kesar or saffrom chai in a white and blue tea cup. Saffron strands scattered in the background.

Kesar Chai (Saffron Tea with Milk)

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


Kesar chai is a combo of strands of saffron and black tea stepped in creamy milk to create a sweet and decadent warm drink.


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 10-15 strands of saffron
  • 1 tablespoon loose leaf black CTC tea
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk


  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Add saffron threads, tea, and sugar; allow the spices and tea to steep together for ~2-3 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add milk and stir. Allow the milk to boil, foam, and rise, which should take 5-7 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. Turn off heat.
  3. Using a tea strainer, pour tea into cups, making sure to divide equally. Add more sugar to taste.
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

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