Tuesday Tip | Homemade Chai Masala Powder | Chai Ka Masala

For almost every indian, the morning has to begin with a hot cup of coffee or an indian chai. Particularly with indian flavoured masala chai, it is incomplete with a unique blend of spices. Masala tea is a favorite Indian beverage. Many Indians enjoy tea in the morning or during the evening. The Hindi names ‘Masala’ here refers to spices and “Chai” means tea.

Chai ka masala

Chai is a way of life for us and a deep part of our culture. It’s a quick cup when visiting someone, or spending time at the jewelers and clothing shop. It’s symbol of hospitality while catching up with friends and family. It’s stopping on the side of the road during a road trip to grab a cup for energy.

Tea Masala

Depending on your taste preferences and health constitution, the quantity of spices can vary or you can omit adding some of them.

Green Cardamom – Infuses a lovely sweet fragrance. You can choose to either crush the whole green pods or add ground cardamom powder. Cardamom is good for digestion and a good mouth and breath freshener as well.

Fennel seeds – Dried fennel seeds are a storehouse of various nutrients, with low calories and high in different micro and macronutrients

Black pepper – Black pepper is rich in a potent antioxidant called piperine, which may help prevent free radical damage to your cells.

Cloves – Imparts a nice mild sweet pungent taste to the tea. Cloves also have antioxidant properties and are antimicrobial.

Black cardamom – Black Cardamom is a nutritional spice used in many households. It shows antioxidant and antibacterial properties which aid overall health. It is rich in copper, iron and fundamental nutrients like riboflavin, nutrient C, and niacin. 

Cinnamon – A spice known for its fragrant, warm, woody aroma; cinnamon is also antibacterial, antifungal and has antioxidant properties.

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Ingredients :

Green cardamom – 1/4 cup
Fennel seeds – 1/8 cup
Black pepper – 1 tsp
Cloves – 1/2 tsp
Black cardamom – 2
Cinnamon sticks – 4 small

Tuesday Tip

Method :

  1. Heat the pan nicely and add all spices (mentioned above), no need to roast for a long time.
  2. Roast for 3 -4 minutes. Then allow roasted spices to cool down completely then transfer to a dry grinder.
  3. Store in an airtight container in a dry and cool place.

Tip – You can add other spices too like dry ginger, nutmeg or star anise.

Homemade Chai Masala

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Rupali Bhandari Karki

My name is Rupali and I grew up in Chandigarh, one of the most beautiful cities in India. Chandigarh is the capital of Punjab, a state which is famous for cuisine high in butter. Currently, I live in Purmerend. It is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. The city is surrounded by polders, such as the Purmer, Beemster and the Wormer. Reyansh my naughty kid and Manoj my fitness freak husband inspires me to cook/bake healthy and experiment with food. This is how my passion for cooking started.