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Chia Masala

Spice Up Your Sip: Unveiling the Secret Behind Perfect Chai Masala

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  • Author: wellness sleuth


Chai Masala, my dear friend, embodies the essence of a warm embrace within a cup. It's the harmonious amalgamation of fragrant spices that elevates a simple teacup into a delightful voyage for your taste buds. Imagine a comforting canvas of black tea, a touch of creamy milk, and a hint of sweetness, all intertwined with the mesmerizing choreography of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and a handful of other delightful companions. 



4-5 cinnamon sticks (about 2-3 inches each)
10-12 green cardamom pods
10-12 cloves
2-3 inches of fresh ginger, sliced or grated
(or 1-2 tablespoons of dried ginger)
1-2 teaspoons of whole black peppercorns
2-3 star anise pods
1 whole nutmeg or 1-2 tablespoons of ground nutmeg
1-2 teaspoons of fennel seeds


1 -Preparation: Start by gathering all your ingredients and the necessary kitchen tools, such as a spice grinder or mortar and pestle for grinding the spices.

2- Cinnamon Sticks: Break the cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces to make them easier to grind. If you're using ground cinnamon, you can skip this step.

3- Cardamom Pods: Gently crush the green cardamom pods to release the seeds. You can use a mortar and pestle for this or the flat side of a knife.

4- Ginger: If using fresh ginger, slice or grate it. For dried ginger, no additional preparation is required.

5- Grinding: Place all the spices, including the broken cinnamon sticks, crushed cardamom pods, cloves, ginger, black peppercorns, star anise, and fennel seeds in a spice grinder. If you don't have a spice grinder, you can use a mortar and pestle to crush the spices. Grind them until you achieve a fine, aromatic powder.

6- Nutmeg: If you're using a whole nutmeg, you can grate it into the spice blend. If you're using ground nutmeg, you can add it directly to the mix and stir to combine.

7- Mixing: Once all the spices are ground and well mixed, transfer your freshly made chai masala into an airtight container. Make sure it's a clean, dry container to preserve the freshness and flavor of your spice blend.

7- Storage: Store your chai masala in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It should stay fresh for several months if stored properly.

8- Usage: To enjoy a cup of chai with your homemade chai masala, add a teaspoon or two of your chai masala to a pot of boiling water along with black tea leaves and milk. Sweeten to taste with sugar or honey, and let it simmer to infuse the flavors. Strain and enjoy your homemade spiced tea.

Now, you have your very own homemade chai masala to use in your favorite chai tea recipes! Adjust the quantity of chai masala to suit your taste, as the strength of the spices can vary.

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