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Close up shot of Indian chai masala or tea masala in black bowl with spices and rose petals spread around.
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Chai Masala (Tea Masala)

Homemade chai masala is an aromatic whole 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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Basics, How to make
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Nut-free, Vegan
Servings: 25
Calories: 9kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


  • 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
  • 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.


If you do not have dried ginger available in your country, then take the ginger root , clean wash and peel it. Then, slice the ginger thinly and lay them on baking tray. Do not overlap.
Bake it in the oven at a very low temperature of 150 degrees F for 90-120 minutes. Keep a check to avoid the burning.
Take it out, cool and grind to a powder or just mix with the other whole spices and grind coarsely.

Basic Chai Masala powder:

If you do not prefer adding too many spices to the Indian chai, then you can make this basic masala tea powder and use
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.
Feel free to experiment with flavors and the ratios of the spices and herbs that works best for you. 


Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg