I came across these toys for Indian kids.  They are comprised of multitudes of tiny silver dishes and random plastic parts.  I don’t think the easy bake is really an option as it would be difficult to find a very tiny propane tank.  Not to mention that in order to add authenticity, it would be necessary to cover all the cooking dishes in black soot that would never really wash off and make your kitchen a wonderful land of smudges.


But, Suzy-Q can practice getting everything ready for a chai wallah. The recipe below is adapted from the streets of Mumbai.




  • 2 litres of water
  • masala // for a specific recipe check here, or buy sweet masala from an Indian grocery. Otherwise add the spices below.
  • 8 – 10 cardamon pods
  • 12 – 15 cloves
  • 1 tbsp of fennel or anise seed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp black//darjeeling tea
  • 2 cups of whole milk // powdered milk

That makes up the basics of most chai recipes.  Moreover, chai recipes change from person to person and it’s best to add what you like.  Variations include but are not limited to:

  • ginger
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla bean
  • nutmeg
  • black peppercorn


  • Bring the water to a boil with all the spices and tea // 15 mins  // reduce by half
  • add milk and boil for 5 mins
  • Stir constantly
  • Strain
  • pour back and forth into two pots or lift with a ladle


  • For truly Indian ghetto DIY chai //
  • 1 tbsp sweet masala mix from an Indian grocery
  • 6 black tea-bags
  • 4 tbsp of powdered milk
  • 4 cups of water
  • boil profusely and add lots of sugar
  • For a truly authentic taste, add more sugar


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  • Michelle@TastyThailand

    Love the easy-brew chai set :)

    Thanks for the recipe too. I live in Thailand and love chai, which I often drink at one of the cheap Indian restaurants in Bangkok.

    Love your blog, by the way. The photos are gorgeous and the layout stunning.

  • Pragya

    hey! thank you for sharing this. I am an indian, product designer and these pictures re-enforces me for one of my design idea

  • Hello

    OMG! My mother used to have a set like this, and I have been looking everywhere online for them! I would like to give her a set for Xmas. Would you be willing to sell them (or tell me where you got them)??? please let me know at THANKS!

  • Anonymous

    Hello Hello, I came across these in China directly from India. So I didn’t get them online. I’m guessing one of the best places to find them is on Taobao ( The site is in Chinese but it can be translated and then you can search for them. I think the kids love them so I can’t part with this particular set. But if I come across anymore I will let you know!

  • Seriously Spain

    Those are so incredibly cool. Yep. I’d buy them. Awesome photos too!! (love your site, btw, you always have such unusual things on it :)