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Homemade Masala Chai Spice Mix

This easy 6-ingredient recipe uses pre-ground spices for a quick and well-balanced Masala chai spice mix. It’s perfect for making authentic chai tea at home, but it’s also a versatile blend that can add warmth and flavor to other spiced sweet, or savory dishes. A must-have in your from-scratch spice collection!

A jar of homemade Masala chai spice mix next to whole ingredients and a small spoon.
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Why you’ll love this Masala chai mix recipe

  • Customizable blend: This homemade chai spice mix is a fantastic starting point, but feel free to adjust the spice ratios to suit your taste preferences. Want a spicier chai? Add a touch more black pepper or ginger. Prefer a sweeter chai? Increase the ground cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Versatile chai blend: This homemade blend is a versatile seasoning blend that goes beyond just chai tea thanks to its complex, warm, sweet, and spicy flavors. Use it instead of pumpkin spice in lattes or hot chocolate, sprinkle it over apple desserts, or add a pinch to savory dishes such as curries. Perfect for your fall and holiday recipes!
  • Small batch: This recipe yields a small batch of chai spice mix (about 6 tablespoons total), perfect for ensuring the freshest flavors.

Ingredients

Ground spices in little bowls laid out next to whole spices.

If you don’t have pre-ground spices, you can use whole spices of the following ingredients: Nutmeg, cloves, green cardamom pods (use the seeds only), and black pepper. Grind them into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle (you’ll need patience for this!) or a spice grinder for the finest ground.

I don’t recommend using fresh ginger or cinnamon sticks, use the ground versions only. 

Variations

  • Vanilla chai: Add a touch of sweetness and warmth and add 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla bean to your spice mix.
  • Pumpkin spice chai: Add 1/2 tsp of ground allspice for this fall-inspired twist.
  • Chai latte mix: Add some milk powder to create an instant chai latte using your favorite black tea.

How to use this chai spice mix

This spice blend is the key ingredient for a homemade Masala Chai:

For a hot chai tea latte steep your favorite black tea in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of this chai spice mix for the last minute. Remove the tea bag and add hot milk (dairy or non-dairy) for a comforting and flavorful chai latte. Sweeten to taste with brown sugar, maple syrup, or your favorite sweetener.

To make iced chai lattes, prepare your chai tea latte as usual, then chill it over ice.

Other ways to use this chai blend:

  • Spiced hot drinks: Add 1/2-1 teaspoon depending on the intensity you’re after to hot milk, your favorite coffee, hot chocolate, or make a spiced winter tea.
  • Sweet treats: Add 1-2 tsp of chai spice mix to spiced cakes or muffins, pancakes, wafflespoached pears, or stewed fruit for a warm and inviting flavor twist.
  • Savory dishes: This chai spice mix can add a warm, aromatic twist to savory dishes like curries, roasted vegetables including pumpkins, and sweet potatoes, and lentil stews.
  • Food gift: If you have a spice lover in your life, this homemade blend makes a thoughtful food gift.
A jar of homemade Masala chai spice mix as a food gift with cinnamon quills.

FAQ

How much chai spice mix should I use per cup of tea?

Start with 1/2 teaspoon of chai spice mix per cup of tea and adjust to your taste preference.

Which tea should I use to make an authentic masala chai?

Authentic Masala chai uses black tea, typically Assam for a strong base, or Darjeeling for a lighter option.

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A jar of homemade Masala chai spice mix next to whole ingredients and a small spoon.

Homemade Masala Chai Spice Mix

Caro Jensen
This easy Masala chai spice mix is perfect for making delicious chai tea at home, but it's also a versatile blend that can add warmth and flavor to other sweet or savory dishes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Staples
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 6 tablespoons
Calories 114 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until well combined.
    1 1/2 tbsp ground ginger, 3 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tbsp ground cardamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • Transfer the seasoning blend to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
  • Use 1/2 teaspoon of the chai mix per cup of hot water or milk. This will give your drinks a spiced flavor without being overpowering.

Notes

Freshness is key: For the most vibrant flavor, use the freshest ground spices possible.
Store it right: Store your homemade chai spice mix it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place like your spice rack or pantry. This will help preserve its flavor and aroma for several months.
Label it: Clearly label your homemade Masala Chai Spice Mix with the date so you can easily track its freshness.

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 297mgFiber: 16gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 81IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 285mgIron: 5mg
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