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Chai Masala

Indian tea, or chai, is often flavored with a blend of powdered spices, called chai masala. The masala not only adds exquisite flavor to tea but it also helps fight common ailments. Here's my recipe for a fragrant chai masala made with six simple spices, and I'll show you, step-by-step, how to use it to make the most amazing and authentic masala chai.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Spice Mix
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Chai masala
Servings: 48 servings (½ teaspoon each)
Calories: 2kcal


  • Small saucepan (for masala chai)


Chai masala

Masala chai (2 cups)

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon chai masala
  • Sugar or any sweetener to taste
  • 2 heaping teaspoons black tea
  • ½ cup nondairy milk


Make chai masala

  • Measure out all the ingredients in a bowl or blender cup.
  • Blend until all ingredients are broken down into a powder. The powder doesn't have to be very fine, as you will strain the tea after adding the chai masala to it.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark cupboard or pantry.

Make masala chai

  • Heat water in a small saucepan. Add the chai masala and sugar. If using a sweetener don't add it now. Add it to the cup before you strain your tea into it.
  • Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the loose leaf tea, then turn off the heat. Add the milk and let the tea stand a couple of minutes.
  • Strain into cups and enjoy!



  • Nutrition info is for chai masala only.
  • Powdered spices like chai masala can safely be stored for up to a year so long as you keep them in a cool, dark place in airtight containers. Powdered spices lose their flavor as they stand, however, so I'd recommend using up the chai masala within six months for the best flavor. You can also use the slider in the recipe card to make a smaller batch.
  • Masala chai is perfectly safe on a low-carb diet, especially if you use a low-carb milk or creamer. Soy milk is low in carbs and works great in chai, although the quantity of carbs might vary depending on which brand you use. Some nondairy creamers on the market have very little to no carbs and would work great on a low-carb and a keto vegan diet.


Serving: 0.25teaspoon | Calories: 2kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg