Chai Masala

Homemade authentic chai masala made at home. The key to an amazing cup of chai!
how to make chai masala

Chai masala is key to a good cup of homemade traditional masala chai. I grew up drinking chai and it is one of my obsessions. The key to a good cup of chai is the chai masala which is a blend of spices that give your cup of tea the warmth and yummy flavor.

I’ve noticed different households use slightly different blends varying the spices. The one I use at home includes the following which are in all blends: cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and cardamom. The recipe below outlines the proportions and although it is for 3 cups worth of masala, you could substitute teaspoon for everywhere it says cup to make a smaller batch, reduce the quantity and keep the proportions.


1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of masala for every cup of chai

When making chai boil water, tea, sugar and masala together to help infuse the flavor, then add milk and let boil longer before serving

I love adding extra fresh chunks of ginger, mint or lemon grass to change up the flavor

Freshly ground spices are always better, I’ve noted quantity in powder form for ease

how to make chai masala

Chai Masala

Shilpa Joshi
Homemade authentic chai masala made at home. The key to an amazing cup of chai!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course tea
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 batch
Calories 2876 kcal


  • ½ cup clove powder
  • ½ cup black pepper powder
  • 1 1/2 cup ginger powder
  • 2 cup cinnamon powder
  • ½ cup cardamom powder


Step 1

  • Mix powders and store in airtight container. Masala should stay fresh 3-4 months.

Step 2

  • Use 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of chai masala per cup of tea (dependent on your preference). Boil with water, milk and sugar.


Calories: 2876kcalCarbohydrates: 753gProtein: 67gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 14gSodium: 317mgPotassium: 8609mgFiber: 353gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 1590IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 5946mgIron: 133mg
Keyword chai masala, masala chai
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