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.
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 in tea with milk? halp.
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.
I’ve quickly fallen in love with this chai spice blend . Of course grinding whole spices would be optimal for supreme chai-ness but who has time for that? Definitely not me.
To Make This Homemade Chai You Will Need:
- ginger (ground)
- cinnamon (ground)
- allspice (ground)
- cardamom (ground)
- clove (ground)
What Are The Best Spices For Making Your Own Seasonings and Spice Blends?
There’s no right or wrong brand. I will first say, buy what you can afford. However, not all spices are created equal as you tend to get what you pay for. Currently I use Morton & Bassett (not sponsored) because I find their spices to be top notch in texture, color and flavor. I love and respect what their company stands for not only with charitable work but also quality control. With that said some other wonderful brands I’ve used over the years are Simple Organic, Frontier Co-op and Penzys.
Measure 3 tablespoons (ground) ginger, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon allspice, 1 tablespoon (ground) cardamom and 1 tablespoon clove into a jar or container that has a tight fitting lid.
Stir or whisk to combine and you’re all set.
This recipe makes a generous 1/2 cup, and you can easily double it for all your chai goodies.
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?
Homemade Chai Spice (Chai Masala)
- 3 tablespoons ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground allspice
- 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
- 1 tablespoon ground clove
- Measure and combine all spices in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Store in a dry, dark place for up to 6 months or longer.
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