Chai Masala


A cheap and quick homemade mixture for a fast and delicious spiced black tea which is very convenient to keep on hand for when that chai craving hits you..

I got this spice mix recipe in Jodhpur (India) and now I use this mix in my office as ready mix (with non-dairy creamer), where we get hot water, but we don’t have the possibility to cook. This mixture is perfect if you wish hot or iced chai as well.

At home I prefer to boil (5 minutes!) the tea with the spices add some fresh milk and sugar.

For this recipe the quality of the ingredients and the spices is relevant, if possible grind your own yourself!

Chai Masala

  • Difficulty: easy
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Autor: Chai-Masala


Spice mix

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

For fresh milk preparation

  • Fresh milk to taste
  • Sugar (best brown sugar) to taste

For a ready to use preparation (dried non-dairy creamer instead adding fresh milk)

  • 2 cups non-dairy coffee creamer
  • Sugar (best brown sugar) to taste


Mix all the spices and store in tightly closed jars, this will be your base for both methods.

Fresh milk method

  1. Prepare your black tea (I like it very strong!) with a good pinch of spices mix for each person. For me easiest method is to place a few spoons of black tea into a paper tea bag and close it so that the tea has enough space to move and give out its flavor.
  2. After boiling it for 5 minutes remove the bag with tea and add milk and sugar (I love it with brown sugar) sugar to taste. Adjust to taste.
  3. Serve letting fall the spiced milk tea from at least 30 cm if you wish some foam on it!

For a ready to use preparation (dried non- dairy creamer instead adding fresh milk)

  1. Combine all the spice mixture with the 2 cups of non-dairy creamer, mix well and store air tight containers (this makes two jars).
  2. For the preparation prepare the black tea as usually and let soak for about 5 minutes. Remove the bag.
  3. Add about 2 teaspoon spice powder (quantity depends on the size of the cup and on the taste) as well as sugar.
  4. Enjoy hot or add some ice cubes for a delicious iced chai!



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7 thoughts on “Chai Masala”

  1. I made this morning using almond/coconut mix milk and a bit of Splenda Brown for the sugar. Darjeeling was my tea of choice. Simply adore the spice mix and can see myself using it for many lovely things things to come. This is a excellent way to greet the day. Thank you so much for another lovely recipe thats a real keeper.

    1. Hi Annacia! I’m so happy you found this recipe and you tried it! Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion to use the spice mix for other recipes! I use it for example in some apple crumble recipes to give a change! HUGS!

  2. Delightful and easy. It felt like a decadent treat this morning. I did the fresh milk preparation and went with hot tea. It was fragrant and warming with the spices. Thanks for sharing! CQ4

  3. Wonderful tasting tea! I love how the spices are made ahead…so convenient. I’ve also added the spice mix to just milk and added palm sugar for a bit of sweetness and this morning I tried it with black tea and half and half. Both are wonderful! So warming and cozy, especially the milk says “I’m home”.

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