Masala chai spice mix or masala tea powder is a mix of warming whole spices, rose petals, and fennel seeds which are added to Indian milk tea or Masala Chai to make it more flavourful. Here is how to make it at home.
If you prefer to make your spice powders at home, then here are some more for you that are super easy to make at home – Chaat Masala, Sambar Powder, Cumin Powder, Thandai Masala Powder, Kerala Garam Masala Powder, and Dry Mint Powder.
About This Recipe
Masala chai spice mix or masala tea powder is an aromatic blend of whole spices that gives a very refreshing and robust flavor to Indian tea. Chai in India is almost a religion and people run on chai here. Each household has its own unique recipe to make chai and masala tea powder.
These days you get masala tea powder in the grocery stores but there is nothing like a masala tea made with homemade masala chai mix, which is freshly grounded at home using some of the high-quality ingredients. Believe me, the flavor of homemade chai ka masala is much better than the store-bought one.
When you make chai masala powder at home, you can use the best ingredients, can adjust it according to your palate and moreover, it’s much economical to make it at home.
When this chai ka masala powder comes together with milk, water, tea leaves, and sugar, it definitely creates a cup of magic, that refreshes you instantly.
This Indian masala chai mix is,
- Gluten-Free + Vegan
- Easy + Quick
- Stored for weeks
Chai masala powder 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 in the chai masala to suit your taste.
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.
How to make Masala Chai Spice Mix?
Add ¼ cup whole cloves, ¼ cup whole green cardamom, 3 whole cinnamon sticks (crushed), ¼ cup whole black peppercorns, 2 tbsp dried rose petals, 2 tbsp fennel seeds, 2 tbsp dry ginger powder, and 1 nutmeg (crushed) to the small jar of a high-speed grinder.
Grind to make a coarse powder.
Store the masala tea powder in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Use ½ tsp masala chai mix per cup of masala chai.
Pro Tips by Neha
Do not grind the spices to a fine powder. When ground too fine, the spices tend to seep through in the tea even after straining.
Make a batch of chai spice mix good enough to last 15 days for the best flavor.
Store this masala tea powder in an airtight container and use a clean dry spoon to take it out.
Use ½ tsp of this masala tea powder per cup of tea. If you like your tea spicier, you can increase the quantity.
Dry roast the spices before grinding for a more robust masala.
Reduce the amount of pepper if you don’t like the chai masala powder too peppery and hot.
You can skip adding any o the mentioned ingredients if they are not available or you are not fond of them.
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 masala powder. Tulsi seeds can also be added.
Saffron – Adding saffron strands in tea masala will make your chai even more special.
To use chai ka masala, add ½ tsp of it per cup of masala tea. If you like your tea strong, add this masala along with the water and if you like it mild, add it once the tea is almost ready.
You can also add ginger and tulsi leaves along with this masala to make masala tea.
Other than chai, you can also add this chai masala powder to add an interesting twist to your desserts such as custard, panna cotta, ice creams, cakes, pie, tarts, etc.
This chai masala powder will last you for about 3 to 4 months when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Always use a clean and dry spoon to take out the chai spice mix. Using a wet spoon will decrease its shelf life.
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Masala Chai Spice Mix
- ¼ cup whole cloves
- ¼ cup whole green cardamoms
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks (crushed)
- ¼ cup whole black peppercorns
- 2 tablespoon dried rose petals
- 2 tablespoon fennel seeds/saunf
- 2 tablespoon dry ginger powder
- 1 whole nutmeg (crushed)
- Add ¼ cup whole cloves, ¼ cup whole green cardamom, 3 whole cinnamon sticks (crushed), ¼ cup whole black peppercorns, 2 tbsp dried rose petals, 2 tbsp fennel seeds, 2 tbsp dry ginger powder, and 1 whole nutmeg (crushed) to the small jar of a high-speed grinder.
- Grind to make a coarse powder.
- Store the masala tea powder in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Use ½ tsp powder per cup of masala chai.