Blending your own chai mix is super easy! You just gotta figure out the right proportions of your spices, so you don’t have one overpowering everything.
Ilove chai. When I went to India for a work trip, my team there spoiled the crap out of me with authentic chai. That’s also when I realized “chai” translates to “tea,” so when folks in the States order a “chai tea,” they’re really actually saying “tea tea.” On top of that, I didn’t realize there are so many different types of chai in India! My favorite? Masala chai and elaichi (cardamom) chai.
After getting back to the States, I’ve been on the hunt for that really good, authentic masala chai. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite found a perfectly-balanced masala chai. So, while I continue my search, I thought I’d try making my own chai mix.
Tools you’ll need
- 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp ground cardamom
- 1.5 tbsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
Mix all the spices! Can't get any easier than that! You can store this in an airtight container for up to a year.
What you can use this for
There are different ways you can use this chai mix. Fortunately, a little goes a long way, so even though this recipe only makes about 1/2 cup, it should–hopefully–last you a while. However, if you’re a chai fiend, or you’re just generally worried that this might not be enough, you can actually easily double the recipe just fine. Plus, once stored in an airtight container, you’re good to store for up to a year!
Without further ado, here are some examples for using my masala chai mix:
- Masala chai latte (recipe coming soon!)
- Brown sugar chai cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (recipe coming soon!)
- Masala chai ice cream
- Spiced chai cheesecake
- Oat bars with chai crumble
- Chai apple crisp
// ON THE SCENE
- Bottom backdrop: Woodville Workshop — Amsterdam
- Props: cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, whole cloves