Homemade Chai Spice (Chai Masala)

My homemade chai spice aka chai masala is a warm, robust blend of ground spices. In this chai blend you’ll find ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice and clove. [this post contains affiliate links.]

For the longest time I was confused about what chai even was. Is it tea or is it a spice? Does it go in baked goods? Or tea with milk? halp.

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Come to find out, the word chai alone means tea and what most of us Americans consider “chai” is the blend of spices that is added to tea… which is really chai masala. Chai = tea. Masala = spice. So technically this is a tea spice. But I like to use it for other delicious purposes.

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SO yes, I’ve made chai masala. aka chai. Confused?

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I’ve quickly fallen in love with this chai spice blend . Of course whole spices ground fresh would be optimal for supreme chai-ness but who has time for that? Definitely not me.

So I use the ground spices in my spice drawer. This harmonious homemade chai spice is heavy on the ground ginger and cinnamon and lighter with the cardamom (love!), allspice and clove. This recipe makes a generous 1/2 cup, and you can easily double it for all your chai goodies.

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Even though these spices are bold, spicy, warm and robust… when combined magic happens and perfect balance is achieved.

And it smells heavenly.

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I have some major plans for chai this fall and winter season. It’s crazy how obsessed I am and I don’t think I’ll be getting over it any times soon. I’ve already made one (soon to be two) recipes with my beloved chai spice blend and I’m SO very excited to share them with you! So stay tuned, I’ll be posting the first recipe this week!

How do you like your chai?

So far I’m really digging it in this Chai Spice Pumpkin Pie!

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Yield: about 1/2 cup

Homemade Chai Spice (Chai Masala)

Homemade Chai Spice (Chai Masala)
My homemade chai spice aka masala chai is a warm, robust blend of ground spices. In this chai blend you'll find ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice and clove.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon ground clove

Instructions

Measure and combine all spices in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

Store in a dry, dark place for up to 6 months.

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9 Responses to “Homemade Chai Spice (Chai Masala)”

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    Lexie — November 3, 2016 at 7:10 am

    So how do you prepare this to drink as tea?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 3rd, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

      Hi Lexie, recipes will be coming soon! 🙂

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    Joyce — November 3, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I added Chai Spice to vanilla cupcakes and frosting I had made for co-workers. They were awesome.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 4th, 2016 @ 8:36 am

      Ooooh! That sounds SO good! I’ll definitely give it a try!

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    Sonali — November 5, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Hey! Just FYI- this isn’t masala chai but rather chai masala. Masala chai, as you said, would be spiced milky tea. Chai masala is the spice mix used to make masala chai. Hope that helps!

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    Sonali — November 5, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Hi! Just FYI- this is chai masala, not masala chai. As you said, masala chai is spiced milky tea. Chai masala is the spice mix used to make masala chai. Hope that helps!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 7th, 2016 @ 9:31 am

      Oops! Thanks for pointing that out Sonali!

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    Kim Etre — November 22, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Love Chain spice! Decided to rework my chocolate cream pie this Thanksgiving to a white chocolate and add this spice in…and it is fabulous! Can’t wait to share it with my family! Thanks for making things so easy!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 23rd, 2016 @ 7:58 am

      I’m so glad, Kim! I love the sound of your white chocolate chai pie! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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