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Chai Masala, A Family Recipe

The spice mixture that gives Masala Chai (Indian Tea) its character
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Spice Mixtures
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chai, masala, spice mix
Servings: 50
Calories: 2kcal


  • 21 g cinnamon sticks (3 Tbsp ground)
  • 12 g ginger (2 Tbsp ground)
  • 6 g cardamom seeds (1 Tbsp ground)
  • 1 g nutmeg (1 tsp ground or grated)
  • 3 g cloves (1 1/2 tsp ground)
  • 5 g black pepper (1 1/2 tsp ground)
  • ¼ tsp saffron (1 big pinch)


  • Add all whole spices, except saffron, to a spice or coffee grinder. Grind to a fine powder.
    Add whole spices
  • Add saffron and any powdered spices. Pulse 3 times.


Break up your cinnamon sticks into small pieces before adding it to your grinder or you may have trouble getting it to grind completely.
If you substitute powdered spices for any whole spices, grind all of the whole spices first, then add the saffron and powdered spices to mix them in.


Serving: 5g | Calories: 2kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.05g | Fat: 0.03g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.005g | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg