Chai tea is better known as masala chai (“masala” means spices). And while there is no standard recipe or preparation method, it typically involves brewing a strong loose black tea with warming spices like cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. The authentic Indian masala chai includes 5 essential spices i.e. green cardamom, cinnamon, clove, black peppercorn, and ginger. You can also prepare your masala chai in a number of variations by adding other spices like coriander seeds, fennel seeds, star anise, etc.