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Masala Tea Powder Recipe

Written by on January 10, 2022

Indian chai masala powder recipe – homemade aromatic chai masala made with spices and lemongrass.

masala tea powder


  • 4 to 5 pieces of dry ginger (saunth) or ½ cup dry ginger powder
  • 1.5 whole nutmeg (jaiphal)
  • 10 grams small cardamom (green cardamoms) or 2 tablespoons green cardamoms
  • 7 to 8 long cinnamon sticks
  • 5 grams cloves or about 1 to 1.25 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 teaspoon whole black pepper, optional
  • ¾ cup chopped lemongrass, optional
  • ½ cup dry rose petals, optional
  • ½ cup dry holy basil (dry tulsi leaves), optional


  • First, grind the dry ginger.
  • Now grind the nutmeg.
  • Finely grind all the rest of the spices and herbs with the already ground ginger and nutmeg.
  • Store in an air-tight jar.
  • Use the chai masala, whenever you make chai.
  • Around ¼ teaspoon, chai masala is perfect for 2 cups of masala chai. Though you can add ½ teaspoon for a more spiced chai.


How to make basic chai masala:


  • ¼ cup dry ginger powder
  • 1 whole nutmeg (jaiphal)
  • 20 grams green cardamoms (Choti elaichi)


    1. First, grind the nutmeg and cardamom. Take the finely ground spices in a bowl. Add the ground dry ginger powder. Mix very well. Store the simple and basic chai masala in an air-tight container.

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