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Delicious Masala Matka Tea (Nepali Mud Cup)

5 from 2 votes
Sudip Piya – @sudip.piya
Experience the mesmerizing blend of aromatic spices and the rustic delight of sipping from fire-baked mud cups with the irresistible Masala Matka Tea—a Nepali treasure that will captivate your senses.
Prep Time :2 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :17 minutes
Servings: 4



  • cups/1 liter milk
  • ½ cup sugar/honey
  • 1 green cardamom pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 bay leaf
  • teaspoons 7 grams green/black tea powder


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, let the sugar melt and caramelize, stirring continuously to prevent any burning mishaps.
  • Add the green cardamom pod, cinnamon stick, grated ginger, and bay leaf to the saucepan. Stir them together, allowing their essence to infuse the syrup for about a minute.
  • Pour 1 cup of milk into the saucepan and stir to dissolve the caramelized sugar and mingle it with the harmonious blend of spices.
  • Gradually incorporate the remaining milk into the pan, continuing to stir. Increase the heat and let the mixture reach a gentle boil. Stir occasionally to ensure every sip is a delight, while guarding against any scorching.
  • As the milk boils, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and sprinkle in the green or black tea powder. Simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes, inviting the flavors to weave their magic.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and strain the tea. Embrace the authentic Nepali experience by serving this enchanting tea in fire-baked mud cups, or unleash your creativity with any desired serving cups.


Feel free to adjust the sugar according to your taste preferences and add a sprinkle of ground cardamom or cinnamon to elevate the flavor profile even further.


matka tea recipe
Credit: Sudip Piya

What is matka tea?

It is a traditional Indian and Nepali beverage prepared by brewing tea leaves with milk, spices, and sweeteners, and served in clay or mud cups known as “matkas.” It offers a unique flavor and aroma due to the infusion of clay and the traditional brewing method.

What makes this tea special?

Matka Tea is cherished for its rustic charm and the earthy essence it acquires from the clay cups. The porous nature of the matkas adds a subtle earthy flavor to the tea, enhancing the overall experience.

Can I use any type of tea leaves for matka tea?

Yes, you can use either green or black tea leaves for this tea, depending on your preference. Both types can yield delightful results; it’s a matter of personal taste.

Can I enjoy this tea without milk?

While matka tea is traditionally prepared with milk, you can certainly adjust the recipe to suit your preferences. If you prefer a dairy-free option, you can substitute milk with plant-based alternatives like almond milk or simply enjoy the tea without milk.

Where can I find the clay cups?

Clay cups or matkas can be found in specialty stores, Indian or Nepali markets, or online. They are often handmade and add a traditional touch to the tea-drinking experience.

matka tea recipe
Credit: Sudip Piya

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