Tea Masala or Chai Masala - An aromatic spice mix that lifts a simple cup of Indian chai to the great one! Yes, the secret to warm, soothing and flavorful masala chai is this fragrant masala tea powder. Learn how to make best homemade chai masala powder at home.
A wintery gloomy morning becomes super charming with a cup of great masala chai in hand. And a great masala tea is possible only with the use of good tea masala powder. And I mean it !
Obviously, every Indian homes have that hidden secret to make a good tea masala and chai. And so do I ! 😀 However, there is no perfect recipe to make this spice mix.
So, how can I not share the best blend of chai masala spice mix that I have been using it since years. It is indeed a fail proof tea masala powder recipe!
I shall be sharing the tea masala recipe that we usually make at home. But, you can modify the amount and spices as per your preference.
Further, the addition of those warming whole spices enhances the health benefits of the chai. Which in turn is beneficial to our body and mind.
Making your own chai masala spice mix at home is the best thing ever. I never prefer buying it from stores.
I would recommend, please do not make this spice mix in large amounts. So, make it in small batches and store it upto a month in clean airtight container.
I am sure, you will not like the masala to loose it's flavour. It is so easy that one can make it fresh in no time. A small bowlful of chai spice mix is good enough to use for 3-4 weeks.
What is Chai Masala Powder Or Tea Masala?
Chai Masala is a fragrant blend of whole spices, fennel seeds, dry ginger powder and rose petals. This spice mix when added to Indian milk tea makes it so flavorful and tasty.
It gives such an exceptional zing to the chai that you cannot resist to sip on. For us, it's a perfect comforting warm drink during winter and monsoon.
Tea Masala Ingredients and Their Benefits
To make this fragrant chai masala, I have used the below mentioned spices.
As you see, this recipe uses lot of whole masalas and elements. But, you are free to skip couple of them if they not available in your part of the world.
Moreover, you can increase or decrease the amount of spices as per your liking. If you like the bold flavor of any of these spices, go on ahead with increasing the ratio of that spice.
Green Cardamom (Elaichi) : Cardamom helps to boost digestion and also used in common cold. It gives nice sweet flavour to the tea.
Cloves (Laung) : Cloves are high in antioxidants, boosts liver and bone health. It also helps to control blood sugar.
Cinnamon (Dalchini) : Cinnamon is high in anti inflammatory, anti cancerous and anti oxidants properties. It helps to reduce the blood sugar. So, it is good for diabetic patients. It adds nice warmth and aroma to the tea.
Black Peppercorns (Kali Mirch) : Black pepper has anti inflammatory and anti oxidants properties. It gives nice spicy kick to the chai.
Dried Rose Petals (Sookhe gulab ki pankhudian) : Rose petals acts as an anti oxidant. And, it is rich source of vitamins like C and E. It is a great for skin and may help to keep acne at bay. Dried rose petals gives calming effect and sweet aroma to the tea.
Fennel Seeds (Saunf) : It helps in digestion and reducing the water retention.
Dry Ginger Powder (Sonth) : Ginger powder helps to boost immunity against flu and cold and helps in digestion. It also has great anti inflammatory properties.
Whole Nutmeg (Jaiphal) : It has anti inflammatory effects. It helps in reducing pains, controls blood sugar and good for heart health.
The Basic Chai Ka Masala Blend
Some people do not like to add too many spices to the chai. There comes this basic mix of spices that will surely be loved almost everybody.
Grab ½ cup of dry ginger powder, 3 tablespoons of green cardamom, 2 whole nutmeg and 1-2 inch of cinnamon stick.
Grind all of them together to a coarse powder. Addition of little dried lemongrass will work wonders in this recipe.
Some More Variations for Chai Spice Blend
The other ingredients that you can consider adding them to the basic tea masala spice mix are....
Dried lemongrass, dried mint, dried tulsi leaves (holy basil), mulethi (licorice), black cardamom, saffron strands and star anise.
How To Use the Chai Spice Mix
Add ¼ teaspoon of masala to 1 cup of milk tea.
Winters are the perfect time to enjoy a cup of hot masala tea. So, sometimes, I like to add fresh tulsi leaves and little bit of fresh ginger along with the chai masala powder.
The taste and the flavors are spot on!
How To Make Chai Masala Recipe
To begin with, gather all the ingredients that we need to make the tea masala.
Add all the ingredients into the jar of a blender.
Grind them together to a coarse powder. Then, transfer the tea masala to a clean airtight container and store upto a month at room temperature. Or upto 3 months in freezer.
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Chai Masala (Tea Masala)
- ¼ cup Green Cardamom
- ¼ cup Cloves
- 6-7 Cinnamon Sticks of 2 inches each
- 1 tablespoon Black Peppercorns
- ¼ cup Dried Rose Petals (tightly packed)
- 3 tablespoons Fennel Seeds
- 3 tablespoons Ginger Powder
- 1½ Whole Nutmeg
- Gather all the ingredients that we need to make the tea masala.
- Add all the ingredients into the jar of a blender.
- Grind them together to a coarse powder.
- Transfer it to a clean airtight container and store upto a month at room temperature. Or upto 3 months in freezer.
- Add ¼ teaspoon of chai masala powder to 1 cup of masala tea.