Hi Tea Spread | Masala Chai Muffins


This is the final post in this week’s Thali series. My sister-in-law gifted me a cupcake / hi tea stand and I have been planning to use it in the blog for ages now. I didn’t want to miss the chance this time and so I figured making a hi tea spread for the Thali theme would be just perfect. Hi tea is a British tradition of drinking tea sitting on high back chairs at the table with a spread including cold cut meat, fruits, breads, crackers, etc.


This hi tea spread includes –

1. Iced tea (because it it summer now)

2. Regular black tea & milk

3. Cheese and Garlic Scones

4. Walnut Cake Slice

5. Masala Chai Mini Muffins

6. Dry fruit biscuits

7. Pistachio and chocolate biscuits

8. Peas & Carrot Finger Sandwiches

9. Cucumber & Mayonnaise Finger Sandwiches

8. Jam

9. Honey


Here is a quick recipe for the masala chai muffins –

Makes 16-18 mini muffins


3/4 cup Whole wheat flour

1/2 cup Granulated sugar

1/2 tsp Baking powder

1/4 tsp Baking soda

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup Masala chai / tea ( no sugar)

1 tsp Vinegar

2 tbsp Oil


  • Preheat the oven at 190C
  • Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl
  • Mix the oil, masala chai and vinegar in another bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well to combine
  • Line a mini muffin tray and pour the batter up to 3/4 full for each muffin mould
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or till the toothpick inserted comes out clean
  • Cool for half hour
  • Enjoy!

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Thalis’.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM


20 Comments Add yours

  1. Harini says:

    Adding tea to the batter sounds interesting. I am assuming that the tea has milk in it. Neat setup.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Yes Harini…..I used half water and half milk to make the tea.

  2. Awesome spread and a pretty stand ! The concept of high tea is amazing and can be well planned . I like your menu !

  3. I am a big fan of English high tea and you have presented it so well. Love the masala chai muffins.

  4. Your idea is so innovative. I never thought of a high tea to be presented as thali. Love those masala muffins, sure to try.

  5. Lovely spread for hi tea Sowmya. I remember all those novels I read where characters sit for tea. And that stand is so beautiful..

  6. code2cook says:

    lucky you to have a loving sister in law. Loved each and every item you have show cased in the stand.

  7. Priya Suresh says:

    Such a fabulous high tea, and simply love that stand. And masala chai muffins sounds ultimate and prefect to get some for munching anytime.

  8. That is one awesome spread! love the cute mini muffins!I have made masala chai cake previously, but not with the tea directly in the cake! must give this a try!

  9. Jyoti Babel says:

    Such a unique idea of making hi tea thali. I love the idea of infusing the flavours of masala chai in muffins

  10. srividhya says:

    Ok, come on when are you going to inviting for that tea party??? As much as I love the virtual one, I want to grab them in real too.

  11. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Oh so lovely Sowmya, so sweet to make this special one for the Thali theme and you know you have made me very happy..hehehe..love the entire setup and look fwd to all the recipes on the display!

  12. Pavani says:

    What an inviting Hi Tea set up you got there. Kudos to your efforts for making all those amazing treats. Muffins flavored with tea sound so delicious.

  13. sushma says:

    Hi tea thali looks amazing Mir. Btw the stand is simply superb.

  14. sushma says:

    Oops sorry by mistake mentioned Mir’s name. Got confused as I was commenting on your both blogs back to back

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      No worries?

  15. manjulabharathkumar2016 says:

    wow am loving your hi tea .. I love staring at those Hi tea spreads but as vegeterian who doesn’t eat eggs it is very difficult to find anything vegan… This a unique thali and kudos for the effort !! I have made chai muffins before yours looks perfect spongy !!

  16. srividhya says:

    Hi Sowmya, not sure if my other comment went into spam… But anyways, when are you going to invite me to the tea party?

  17. usha says:

    Love this modern thali Sowmya. Everything on the stand looks amazing and it is indeed a visual feast for us. Thanks for the virtual hi tea 🙂

  18. chefmireille says:

    what a perfect high tea – would love to sit down and enjoy this with you 🙂

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