Chai Tea Ingredients & How to Make
a Delicious Cup of Masala Chai

Fancy a cup of masala chai? Then with just a few common chai tea ingredients, in literally minutes you'll have your own homemade mix ready to brew a cuppa. This spiced beverage has become very popular in the West recent years, and whilst you can buy commercial mixes, it's definitely preferable, and tastier, to rustle up your own. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my homemade blends)

What You Can Use:

These are just some of the ingredients often used for this traditional Indian tea. My suggestion if you're the adventurous type is to experiment with different combinations of say 6-8 of these spices...

  • Green cardamom pods 
  • Dried ginger root or ginger powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Dried orange peel
  • Black and white peppercorns 
  • Cloves
  • Star anise
  • Fennel seeds
  • Nutmeg
  • Mace blades
  • Coriander seeds
  • Caraway seeds

Here's my own favourite combination and how I prepare them...

1 tbsp green cardamom pods 
1 tbsp dried ginger root
1 tbsp cinnamon chips
1 tbsp dried orange peel
2 tsp mix of black and white peppercorns 
1 tsp whole cloves

tbsp = tablespoon 
tsp = teaspoon

How to Prepare - Method 1:

  • Add all the ingredients to a pestle and mortar and crush/grind them so they break down a little

Method 2: 

  • Add everything to your electric grinder and very coarsely grind by pulsing the button. (Don't grind too fine)

Method 3: 

  • Place a tea towel on your worktop and put all the ingredients in the centre. Fold the towel over and using a heavy object bash away so you crush/break down the spices a little. I use a wooden meat tenderizer but a rolling pin works well.

That's all there is to it!

Store your chai mix in a cool place in an airtight jar and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

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