I have yet to find a coffee or tea shop anywhere that can make proper Chai Masala Tea! I spent a few months travelling in India way back when and chai was offered everywhere you went… street vendors, on trains and even offered when it was time to do some shopping. The shop keeper would offer it so you would stay longer to have a good barter session!
With that said here is my go-to masala tea spice mix that you will need to make your REAL Masala Chai Tea.
Here’s what you will need:
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp whole cloves (or 3/4 tsp ground cloves)
- 1 whole nutmeg (crushed with pestle and mortar)
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 tbsp green cardamom pods (or 1 tbsp cardamom seeds)
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- Roast spices in a heavy pan, moving continuously until slightly toasted and aroma comes through.
- Take the cardamom seeds from the pods and dispose of the pods. Use a pestle and mortar to crack open the pods.
- Transfer spices to clean coffee grinder (I have a grinder just for spices). Grind until fine.
- Transfer masala spice mix to an air tight container and store in a cool, dry place.
Now it’s time to make your proper Masala Chai! The Recipe: Indian Spiced Masala Chai
Note! This is one version of masala chai, but mix it up (literally). There are other great Indian spices you can add or substitute… try star anise or a pinch of saffron.
I toast the whole spices first; mainly because we need to remove the cardamom seed from the pod.
After grinding all the spices I like to sift the mixture to ensure the end result is very fine. Just remove any larger spice pieces that the grinder didn’t fully grind.
Voila! The spice mix is complete.
Now that you have your spice mix you can make homemade Masala Chai. Get the recipe here.