Chai Masala Powder or Tea Masala is a mix of whole spices, rose petals and fennel seeds which is added to Indian milk tea or Masala Chai to make it more flavourful. Here is how to make it.
Although I don’t drink tea on a regular basis, my family is addicted to it.
My mom and dad need a hot cup of masala chai first thing in the morning.
Their day does not start without a kadak chai ki pyali (a strong cup of tea) and this is the case with many Indians.
Chai is an integral part of the Indian lifestyle and each household has it’s own measurements and method, although milk, sugar and tea leaves remain a constant.
Some people like plain chai and some like Cardamom Tea or Ginger Tea.
In my house, Masala Chai is the most sought after and my mom makes the most fabulous Masala Tea Powder at home.
To take your masala chai to the next level, a great Chai Masala powder is a prerequisite and there is nothing better than a homemade one with the best of ingredients.
You can store it in an airtight container and can add a little bit of it to your tea.
What is Chai ka Masala (Tea Masala)?
Chai ka Masala or Tea masala is a mix of whole spices, rose petals and fennel seeds which is added to Indian milk tea to make it more flavourful.
Tea masala uses a lot of spices to come together but the best part is that you can skip one or two ingredients according to availability and your taste choice.
You can also alter the proportions I have used to suit your taste.
The mentioned ingredients proportion works best for me though.
Cloves – Cloves or laung are rich in antioxidants and protects against cancer. It regulates the blood sugar level and promotes bone health.
Green Cardamom – Green cardamom or Elaichi helps in digestion and may lower blood pressure. Cardamom has an anti-inflammatory effect and treat bad breath.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon or Dalchini reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers blood sugar levels. It is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Black Peppercorns – Black peppercorns or kali mirch are rich in vitamins and minerals. It enhances nutrients absorption
Dried Rose Petals – These are rich sources of Vit A, D and C. It hydrates and tightens the skin and helps cure acne.
Fennel Seeds – Fennel seeds or saunf aids in digestion and prevents bloating.
Dry Ginger Powder – Dry ginger powder or saunth gives relief from cold and flu. It is anti-inflammatory and aids in cardiovascular health.
Nutmeg Powder – Nutmeg or jaiphal has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemongrass – Add some dried lemongrass to your chai ka masala for a soothing taste.
Dried Tulsi Leaves – Tulsi leaves have many benefits and they taste good in chai. Add some dried tulsi leaves to your chai ka masala.
Saffron – Adding saffron strands in tea masala will make your chai even more special.
To use Chai ka Masala, add 1/4 tsp of it per cup of masala tea.
You can also add ginger and tulsi leaves along with this masala to make masala tea.
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Step By Step Recipe
Collect the ingredients in a plate.
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend to make a coarse powder.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Chai Masala Recipe (Tea Masala)
- 1/4 cup Cloves
- 1/4 cup Green Cardamom
- 1/4 cup Cinnamon Stick
- 1/4 cup Black Peppercorns
- 2 tbsp Rose Petals (Dried)
- 2 tbsp Fennel Seeds / saunf
- 2 tbsp Dry Ginger Powder
- 1 Nutmeg (Crushed)
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend to make a coarse powder.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
- Use ½ tsp of this powder for 2 cups of Indian masala chai.