I'm completely obsessed with this homemade Masala Chai tea! I am so stoked at the flavour and I have to show you how to make your own small batch masala tea spices because it is so damn easy!
I know, Masala Chai isn’t exactly a new discovery (it’s been a staple for centuries), but I've recently started making it, and I can't wait to share my unique spin on this classic with you! Get ready to be adding a pinch of Indian chai deliciousness in all your baking.
Masala Tea Recipe ingredients in small handmade bowls on a platter.

Chai spices, also known as chai masala, are a blend of aromatic spices that are the heart and soul of traditional chai tea. This warm, fragrant homemade Chai Spice Mix, originating from the Indian subcontinent, has a rich history rooted in ancient Ayurvedic medicine and British colonial tea culture. You infuse these spices into black tea to create a delicious spiced chai. Every Indian family has its own special way of making chai, and while I’m not Indian, I’m excited to share my own twist on this traditional recipe with you.

Why I Love Chai Spice

I love chai spices because they definitely add a tasty comforting yumminess to a warm drink… hello, chai latte! Or a creamy custard, coffee cake, or just about any dessert you like. Seeing it only takes a minute or two to make your own chia mix it is fun to try some different blends to experiment and try a different masala tea every other week.

I also love that the spices fit in with a low-carb keto diet. Following a keto lifestyle is important to me, and having a low carb chai spice recipe is awesome. A little goes a long way in keto baking, and in a cuppa for me! If you love milky masala tea, then it is as simple as using nut milk, keto milk, or cream in your cup of tea.

Masala Tea ingredients in a small bowl with a cinnamon quill.

Chai Masala Ingredients

What is in chai spice powder? The ratio of each of the chai spices can be varied to make your own unique chai spice flavor. You may like yours with a little less cinnamon and more ground black pepper. Change the ratios to suit your taste.

  • Cinnamon – For a different flavour, use Ceylon cinnamon instead of the more common Cassia cinnamon. I also love Vietnamese cinnamon, the aroma is spicy like Red Hots 😂
  • Ginger – Substitute with fresh ginger if desired, but reduce the quantity as fresh ginger is more potent. You will need to add the ginger at the time of making the tea.
  • Cardamom – Whole cardamom pods can be used, but you’ll need to grind them finely.
  • Nutmeg – Freshly grated nutmeg can replace ground nutmeg for a stronger aroma.
  • Allspice – If unavailable, a mix of ground cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg can be used all in equal measures, ratio 1:1.
  • Black Pepper – White pepper can be substituted, but it will slightly change the flavour profile.

How To Make Chai Spice Masala Tea

Masala Tea ingredients in a small bowl being stirred with a cinnamon quill.

Step 1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine. Transfer to a dry airtight jar or container.

Variations of Flavors

While the traditional chai spice blend is already amazeballs, you can experiment with variations to suit your taste:

  • Spices: Add cloves or star anise for a deeper, more complex flavour.
  • Sweetness: Mix in a bit of powdered vanilla or a dash of brown sweetener for a sweeter profile.
  • Citrus: Grate some dried orange or lemon peel into the mix for a citrusy twist.

How to Use Chai Spice Mix

Chai spices are incredibly versatile and can be used in various dishes:

  • Tea: The classic use is to steep half a teaspoon of chai spices with a full bodied black tea and milk for a warming chai masala tea recipe.
  • Baked Goods: Add chai spices to your cookie, banana bread, carrot cake, or muffin batter for a warm, spicy flavour.
  • Breakfast: Sprinkle on oatmeal, yogurt, keto porridge, or pancake batter.
  • Savoury Dishes: Use in marinades or rubs for meats, or add to curries and soups for a unique twist. The spices in chai tea are naturally vegan and can be used in vegan baking as well.
  • Drinks: Mix into hot chocolate, dirty chai latte, or chai syrups for ice cream or iced coffee, masala tea, masala chai lattes, or smoothies.
A jar of Masala Tea with cinnamon quills to the side of it.


Can I make chai spices without black pepper?

Yes, you can omit the black pepper if you prefer a milder blend, but the pepper adds a subtle heat that enhances the overall flavour. Try some ground star anise in its place.

How much chai spice should I use in my tea?

Typically, 1 – 2 teaspoons of chai spice blend per cup of tea is sufficient. Adjust based on your taste preference.

Can I use fresh whole spices instead of ground ones?

Fresh spices can be used, but they need to be finely ground to blend well. Fresh spices may also alter the intensity of the flavours.

3 Benefits of Masala Chai Tea

  1. Boosts Immunity:
  2. Aids Digestion:
    • Ingredients: Spices like ginger, cardamom, and black pepper aid digestion.
    • Benefit: They can help alleviate digestive issues such as bloating, nausea, and constipation.
  3. Anti-Inflammatory Properties:

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Chai Masala ingredients in small bowls with whole spices beside them.

Chai Masala Spice

I’m completely obsessed with this homemade Masala Chai tea! I am so stoked at the flavour and I have to show you how to make your own small batch masala tea spices because it is so damn easy!
I know, Masala Chai isn’t exactly a new discovery (it’s been a staple for centuries), but I’ve recently started making it, and I can’t wait to share my unique spin on this classic with you! Get ready to be adding a pinch of Indian chai deliciousness in all your baking.
5 from 14 votes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Spice
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 14 (1/2 tablespoon) serves
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How to Make Chai Tea

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk or keto milk
  • 2 tbsp black tea or Tulsi tea
  • 1/2-1 tbsp Chai Spices
  • sweetener to taste



  • Place all the ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine. Transfer to a dry airtight jar or container.


  • Place all the ingredients into mixer; mix 5 sec/speed 7. Transfer to a dry airtight jar or container.


  • Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the chai spices and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of loose black tea leaves or 2 tea bags, and steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir in 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of sugar or sweetener (if using). Simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Strain the tea into cups and enjoy hot.


Best Ways for Storing Chai Spices
Airtight Container: Store in a dry, airtight jar or container to prevent moisture and air from degrading the spices.
Cool, Dark Place: Keep the container in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
Label and Date: Always label and date your spice mix so you can track its freshness. Ideally, use within six months for the best flavour.
Masala Chai Ingredients
You can use ground spices or whole spices. If using whole spices grind them before measuring to add to the chai spice mixture.
Types of Tea to Use for Chai Tea
I like to use a strong black tea. Try Assam, Darjeeling or Nilgiri. Use loose leaf tea or tea bags whichever you prefer.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1(1/2 tablespoon) | Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.4mg | Magnesium: 5mg | Net Carbs: 1g
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16 responses to “Homemade Chai Spice Mix”

  1. Hayley

    5 stars
    I love making my own spice mixes and your chai spice mix is so good! I’ve made a batch to use for chai and baked goods.

  2. Veronika

    5 stars
    I love making my own spices at home! This chai one was super easy and I love adding it to oatmeal and smoothies! I’ve never seen it in stores so I’m glad it’s something I can make at home.

  3. 5 stars
    I love making homemade spice mixes and I drink chai tea all day everyday so this one was a no-brainer for me – delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I love chai tea and this makes it where I can make it at home! Such a tasty spice blend. I loved it.

  5. Tammy

    5 stars
    I had no idea it was so easy to make a chai mix! Love this little blend. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Leslie

    5 stars
    I am going to be using this for homemade gifts. Such a great chai spice recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I love making my own spice blends and this one was a fun one to recreate. The warmth of the spices and that added touch of pepper really amplified my afternoon cup of tea.

  8. Krystle

    5 stars
    I love Chai tea and chai cookies. Using this homemade blend makes them all tastes SO much better.

  9. Bernice

    5 stars
    I had planned on baking up a quick banana bread on the weekend but wanted to change up the flavours a little bit. Wow! This chai spice mix was the perfect way to do it. I’m never going back to plain old banana bread!

  10. Sonja

    I added this to my weekly “I have to use these bananas” bread and it transformed the whole thing into such a lovely warm spiced treat. I think I need to buy more bananas. Or add it to all sorts of things! I think I need a warm spiced chai latte for bedtime. Mmmmhhh.

  11. Claudia

    Just tried making this chai spice mix, and it’s a game-changer! It adds the perfect warm kick to my morning tea. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  12. Jacqueline

    5 stars
    I have just enjoyed my first cup of homemade Masala Chai tea. So good. I love the combination of spices! Now I want to try the spice blend in other ways.

  13. 5 stars
    This is such a delicious alternative to coffee! I loved all the spices in this recipe. I make it for an afternoon pick-me-up when I am craving something hot. So good!

  14. Lia

    5 stars
    We just whipped up a batch of this and it was really nice. I add 2 tablespoons to 2 cups of Assam black tea. I didn’t have any milk and I steeped it with an anise star. Perfect combo. We loved the bit of pepper to it too. Next time I will try it without the added anise just as you have written. It’s well balanced and the best I have tried straight from the chai spice recipe (and better than store buys). Thanks Team

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