masala tea powder, how to make masala tea powder or chai masala

by dassana amit updated October 18, 2013

masala tea powder: dry masala tea powder, chai masala powder, chai masala mix.

method to make masala tea powder or indian chai masala powder. indian chai or tea is a common beverage for us. we start our day with a blend of ginger-mint tea or ginger-cardamom tea. sometimes to make the chai more spiced, i do add cinnamon, cloves and fennel seeds. i love herbal teas and the indian masala chai is an all time loved beverage.

if you make the masala tea powder, then you don’t have to add any spices to the tea while making it, unless you want a strong hint and taste of a particular spice. its best to make your own chai masala… you can add the ingredients you want. also the chai masala or for that matter any masala you make at home is much more fragrant and strong than the ready made masala powders.

we got a good measure of dry lemon grass at the market recently. i love lemon grass tea. knowing the health benefits of lemongrass, i decided to add it to the masala chai powder.

i will share with you both the basic tea masala and the this lemon grass version which i made. there is no perfect masala chai recipe. in india the masala chai varies from home to home. also the spices and herbs you add can be your favorites or you can add it for a particular health benefit…. eg lemon grass helps in detoxification or rose petals are a natural coolant… depending on your health conditions and what benefit you want to derive, you can add the desired herbs or spices.

the spices added to the masala chai have a lot of health benefits and the masala chai is one ayurvedic drink you can have during the day.

i did not have dry tulsi/holy basil and dry rose petals. if you can manage to get these, then do add do the masala chai powder. also if you can get lemon grass, then nothing like it.

you will also need dry ginger/saunth or dry ginger powder. this is easily available in india, but not sure about other countries. the rest of the spices are easily available everywhere.

so lets begin how to make masala tea powder:

cut the lemon grass with the kitchen scissor to small or medium sized pieces.


below you can see all the spices you will need… are you sure, its all the spices or one important spice is missing?


dry ginger is very hard. so you do need a strong dry grinder or a coffee grinder to grind the dry ginger. grind the dry ginger first. or else use dry ginger powder, if you don’t want to take the trouble of grinding it.


so whats missing from the spices…. can you guess it? … its an important spice essentially used in chai masala and it is……….  nutmeg. grate the nutmeg directly into the powdered ginger… ain’t i stupid? why i am grating the nutmeg?


why don’t i add it to the ginger powder and grind it. if the strong and hard dry ginger can be ground, than the not so strong nutmeg can also be ground.


these two, that is the dry ginger and nutmeg should be ground first. later add the other spices including the lemon grass to the already ground nutmeg and ginger.


grind all of them to a powder. a little coarsness will do. you don’t have to get a very fine powder. when you open the lid, you will get such a strong fragrance of the indian tea spice blend… enjoy it…


store the dry chai masala powder in an airtight container.


while making the indian chai, add around 1/4 tsp of the chai spice mix blend to black tea with milk for 2 cups of tea.


have a healthy start to your days…

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basic chai masala
basic chai masala
Serves: 1 small bottle
  • 7-8 pieces of dry ginger/saunth or ¾ cup dry ginger powder
  • 2-3 whole nutmeg/jaiphal
  • 20 gms small cardamom/choti elaichi
  1. first grind the dry ginger.
  2. now grind the nutmeg and cardamom.
  3. store the simple and basic chai masala in an air tight container.
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masala tea powder with lemon grass
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Serves: 1 medium size bottle
  • 4-5 pieces of dry ginger/saunth or ½ cup dry ginger powder
  • 1 and half nutmeg/jaiphal
  • 10 gms small cardamom/choti elaichi
  • 7-8 long cinnamon pieces/dalchini
  • 5 gms cloves/laung
  • 3 tbsp fennel seeds/saunf
  • 1 tsp black pepper (optional)
  • ¾ cup chopped lemon grass (optional)
  • ½ cup dry rose petals (optional)
  • ½ cup dry holy basil/tulsi leaves
  1. firstly grind the dry ginger.
  2. then grind the nutmeg.
  3. finally grind all the rest of the herbs and spices with the already ground ginger and nutmeg.
  4. store in an air-tight container.
  5. use the chai masala whenever you make an indian chai.
  6. around ¼ tsp of chai masala is perfect for 2 cups of tea, but you can make it to ½ tsp for a more spicy indian chai.

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Makeup Reviews Hall March 18, 2014 1

Thank you so much for this masala recipee, I was in desperate need of any such recipee bcos my husband simply loves masala chai. thank you


Roger December 25, 2013 2

nice recipe….but i have doubt for one thing. i have never used lemon grass in my tea and as well as milk. i like black tea and i use all above ingredients. So my doubt is abt lemon grass that it may curdle the milk, isnt it?


dassana amit December 25, 2013 3

i use fresh lemon grass everyday in our morning tea. i have used dried ones too. let me tell you that the milk does not curdle. try adding one or two blades of lemon grass, chopped into a tea brewing for about 4 people. even without milk, the tea taste damn good when lemon grass is added.


Nazia June 20, 2013 4

Hi, I have always wanted to know the perfect recipe for masala chai ever since I have tasted it coz I love it! I have searched through various websites for recipes and tried quite a number but they just didn’t taste right. I am glad I found this recipe here now and just having masala chai with the above ground masala powder. It tastes really nice and is the best of what I have tried making so far. Thanks a lot for this great recipe!


dassana June 20, 2013 5

thanks nazia. i used to think why i never used to get any feedback on this masala chai powder. glad to know that you found this one as the best.


Mayank January 10, 2013 6

Excellent recipe; the key is to grind the ingredients as shown here. You do not get the same results by mixing bottled ground powders! One thing I found interesting is to add a pinch of saffron occasionally. Really cannot describe the feeling but its very pleasing. Living alone, I use Chai Gold packets. Add hot water and the above five star masala, a pinch of saffron and enjoy with bites of puri or chiveda, upma etc. Yummy…Thanks for this great web based illustration my mom would have loved to see! Oh, don’t buy Masala Tea bags from the stores. They are pretty much useless, in my view. This is the only way to make real masala tea.


dassana January 11, 2013 7

i agree ready chai masala mixes do not have the same results. the same goes for the masala tea bags. making masala chai powder at home is the best way to have masala chai. but in the absence of masala chai powder, whole spices can also be substituted. thanks.


ahmed wasi December 2, 2012 8

very nice but can we know the medicinal benefits also and few more combinations


dassana December 3, 2012 9

thanks. if i mention the medicinal benefits, it would become a long post. hence not added the medicinal benefits. may be in some other post, i may add these points.


Pinal March 15, 2012 10


Thank you for the great recipe. My mom makes excellent tea masala but when i ask for the recipe, it’s hard for her to explain the measurements and not all the ingredients are easily available in USA. So I’ve been looking for a recipe and couldn’t find one until today when I accidentally ran upon it.

One question, why do you add fennel seeds? I never heard of anyone adding fennel seeds to tea masala. I’m sure it adds a very unique flavor.


dassana March 15, 2012 11

thanks pinal. fennel seeds or saunf really add a sweet exotic flavor to the tea. some people do add whole fennel when making masala chai.

as you already must be knowing fennel is good for digestion and also an antioxidant. i add the fennel in chai and the chai masala for the flavor, aroma and the health benefits.


harish purohit January 2, 2012 12

some bengali chai wala people are making lemon tea with masala the taste is salty and spicy and very good can u tell me how to make this tea.


dassana January 3, 2012 13

i have never heard about this one. i will have to find out and then may be i can share the recipe.


RameshbabuGowribidanur December 23, 2011 14

Good evening Sir,
Oh! god really reallly its so pungent to my heart your recipes are mind blasting supperb! pls send more more because Ye dil mange more! na


PUSHPA December 30, 2011 15

hi u r from which location in gowribidanur?


Asmita December 8, 2011 16

I love the spices you have used to make both the basic and masala tea. I always thought jaiphal is used only in coffee. I shall try this combination for sure. Love the pictures!


dassana December 10, 2011 17

thanks asmita. do try and lemme know.


Sharyn Dimmick December 5, 2011 18

I have never heard of putting lemongrass or holy basil in masala chai, but I probably would like it. I make chai with fresh milk, water and a mixture of whole and ground spices: whole cloves, half a cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, grated fresh ginger, grated nutmeg and sometimes pepper or vanilla bean, plus brown sugar. When it is almost boiling I throw black Ceylon tea leaves on top, turn off the heat and let it steep for awhile. I especially like it on cold mornings.


dassana December 5, 2011 19

sharyn, we at home make tea many times with fresh tulsi leaves. unfortunately, i do not have a tulsi plant growing in the house which we live now. in fact, tulsi is grown in every hindu house in india as it considered to be holy and sacred. its excellent for cold and has many other healing properties. do try making chai with tulsi and lemon grass and let me know how was it.

i make tea with with the same spices that you have mentioned, except for vanilla beans and pepper. but i do add fennel seeds and fresh mint leaves sometimes. i should try making tea with vanilla beans. i am sure it will be exotic.


Radhika | Just Home Made December 5, 2011 20

Really intrigued by your choice of chai masala ingredients.. Nutmeg, lemon grass, rose petals.. ooh sounds so dreamy.. Haven’t tried with those before, such an interesting take!


dassana December 5, 2011 21

thanks radhika… the inspiration comes from an organic blend of chai masala, i had got a year back in bangalore.

it had almost all the ingredients that i have added, plus some ayurvedic herbs like mulethi, ashwagandha, brahmi, arjuna bark. here is a link to their organic health foo products:


chinmayie @ love food eat December 5, 2011 22

Looks great… I mostly throw in whole spices into my tea but this spice mixture is probably a better idea.. Making this today :)


dassana December 5, 2011 23

chinmayie, do let me know how it turned out.


ritu September 2, 2013 24

pls write about how to make pav bhaji masala (dry)


dassana September 4, 2013 25

i already have a batch of pav bhaji masala. so this post will take time to get done. but will update it in future.