Masala Chai, like India, is my passion. So first I went out and learnt how to make the best chai in India by watching Chaiwalas on the streets of Delhi. Then I made it my mission to find the best Chai Masala recipe.
I’m pleased to tell you that after 10 or so attempts trying various recipes, my search has ended! This recipe is the best there is and proof of that came when various family members started asking me to make them batches of it for their homes.
Chai Masala is what gives a great Chai it’s rich, complex flavour. It’s a flavour enhancer. It’s not Masala Chai without Chai Masala.
This recipe gives that typical Delhi Chaiwala cardamom taste, the fennel seeds really add a fantastic flavour I hadn’t experienced before, and the pinch of saffron makes it even more luxurious. This really is the ultimate Chai Masala.
Chai Masala Recipe (Makes 14g)
- 1.5 heaped tbsp (or 37) Green Cardamom Pods
- ½ tbsp Fennel Seeds
- ¼ tbsp Dried Ginger Powder
- ¼ inch Cinnamon Stick
- 4 Black Peppercorns
- 5 pieces of Saffron
- 2 Cloves
- A pinch of Salt
Just dump all these spices into a blender grinder and grind the hell out of them until you get a powder. That’s it!
Now just add a ¼ teaspoon of it per 2 cups of tea, just like how I show in my how to make a masala chai recipe video.
The ingredients list for this recipe came from Chef Ranveer’s Best Chai Masala Powder Recipe (in Hindi) and I tweaked them slightly.