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This simple chai spice recipe is easy to make with only six pre-ground spices you likely already have in your cupboard. Mix up a batch today and add it to your seasonal baked goods, coffee, or hot cocoa today.
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper and cloves — these are all the spices you'll need to whip up this chai spice mix to use on a cold fall or winter day.
Don't get me wrong. I DO NOT think that chai spiced food has to stay in the fall/winter months. I use this chai spice mix in this homemade hot chocolate year round.
Traditional Chai Masala
If we were doing things the traditional way, we'd make our chai tea by roasting the whole spices, then then steeping them in the tea to get the flavors out.
I've made chai tea that way, and, while it tastes great, I like having a chai spice mix (powder) to add not JUST to my tea, but also to muffins, donuts, and holiday breads.
Tools Needed to Make Masala chai spice mix
- Small airtight container or a Mason Jar - For storing (or mixing) your chai spice mix
- Measuring spoons - Use what you have.
- Mixing Bowl - To mix the ingredients in. You can use any bowl you like.
Ingredients Needed in this Chai Spice Recipe
They must have known what they were doing in India for the last thousand years. Loaded with health benefits, these spices are not only good for your body, but they taste amazing together. Here are a few of the health benefits of each spice:
- Cinnamon is full of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, and lowers blood sugar.
- Ginger can help fight nausea and reduce muscle pain, and is also loaded with antioxidants.
- Cardamom may have cancer-fighting properties, can lower blood pressure, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cloves are nutrient-rich (one teaspoon contains 30% of the recommended daily value of manganese - an important mineral for maintaining brain function) and are high in antioxidants.
- Nutmeg soothes indigestion, relieves pain, and promotes digestion.
- Black Pepper is rich in antioxidants, has antimicrobial properties and can help with nutrient absorption.
There are so many benefits to these spices that I couldn't even list them all. Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, so don't take this to be medical advice. If you have any medical questions definitely go ask your doctor.
How to Make Homemade Chai Spice Mix
Here's how to make your homemade chai spice mix:
- Mix all the ingredients together (either in a small container with a lid and shake, or in a bowl with a spoon).
Yes, it's really that simple.
How to Use Your Chai Spice Mix
I only learned about chai a few years ago when I found this powdered tea and was instantly hooked! It was so good...especially with some cream and sweetener. Yumm!
Instead of busting my budget on the tea, I decided to try and mix my own chai latte mix. After all, I already had all the spices in the cupboard.
You can use these spices not only for tea but in a variety of ways. By making up a batch of the spice blend and keeping it on hand, you can have spiced muffins, oatmeal, tea, coffee, hot cocoa, and anything else you think could use a little spice "kick". The possibilities are endless!
How to Store Your Chai Spice Mix
I like to mix up a batch and store it in a mason jar or old spice mix to use whenever I want it. Keep it in an air-tight container in your cupboard.
This mixture is very forgiving and extremely customizable. I played around with different ratios before settling on this one.
FAQ & Recipe Tips
What is chai powder made of?
If you find a chai powder in the store, it'll likely have black tea powder as an ingredient inside. The spice part can be made with a wide variety of spices, including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, star anise, fennel, nutmeg, pepper, and coriander. In this recipe — we used cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper and cloves which can be found in any well-stocked spice cupboard.
How do you make homemade chai tea?
Just pour the Masala chai spice mix in hot water (with or without a black tea bag - you're choice). Then you can add hot milk and sweetener, to taste.
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DIY Chai Spice Mix
A homemade chai spice mix that will give your food just the amount of "chai" flavor you're looking for. This chai spice blend is simple to make and store for when you need it!
- ½ Tbsp ground cloves
- 2 Tbsp ground ginger
- 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- ½ Tbsp ground nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp ground cardamom
- 1 Tbsp black pepper
- Place all spices in a mason jar and stir to combine.
This recipe makes a little more than a half cup of chai blend.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Gale carpenter says
sharing how much spice blend per cup would be helpful