Homemade Chai Tea Mix & Recipe For Authentic, Traditional Chai Masala

Chai has become very popular in the West in recent years and making your own chai tea mix is very quick and simple to do. It takes only minutes and is very cost effective. Make a few tablespoons' worth and you can make it any time you fancy!

The word chai is a Hindi word simply meaning tea, in particular a classic, traditional railway tea.

Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Ingredients: (makes 3 tbsp)

1 tbsp green cardamom pods
1½ tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp ginger powder
2 inch piece cinnamon stick

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon stick and add to a coffee mill/grinder with the rest of the spices
  • Using a pulsing action, very coarsley grind them. You don't want the mix too fine

Alternatively you can do this in a pestle and mortar.

How to Make Chai Masala - Serves 2

Now you've made the chai mix, here's how to make the beverage.


1¼ cups water (300ml)
1 cup milk or soy milk (240ml)
2 tsp chai mix
2 black teabags
2 tsp black tea leaves
Honey, sugar or agave nectar to sweeten (optional)


  • Add the milk and water to a small saucepan and heat to just boiling
  • Turn down to a simmer and add 2 teaspoons of your freshly made chai tea mix and the tea leaves/teabags
  • Simmer for 3-4 minutes before turning off the heat
  • Add the honey or agave if using
  • Let it rest for 1-2 minutes before straining, pouring and enjoying!

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Chai Information

picture of chai tea mix

Travel the rails of India and in every railway station and on every train you'll be able to enjoy this spicy, milky beverage.

As it's so fashionable today, it is quite easy to pick up a generic chai mix in local stores, but creating your own is very simple and so much better!

If you generally use a lot of whole spices in your cooking there is a good chance you'll have the ingredients already in your rack. If not, you will only need to buy a few.

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