Homemade Tea Masala & Masala Tea

September 7, 2013mayurisjikoni
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What is Homemade Tea Masala & Masala Tea?

Homemade Tea Masala & Masala Tea is an integral part of most Indian Homes. Confusing? Not at all. Actually, Tea Masala is the spice mixture that is used to make masala or spicy tea. Most homes have their own version or tea masala as the proportion the spices are used differs. I love masala tea with tikhi puri, thepla or ganthia jalebi.

This spice mixture is ideal to gift for any festival or occasion. I usually make a big batch to give away during Diwali and Christmas.

What Is Chai Tea????

Undoubtedly, it is not chai tea! It literally translates as tea tea. How weird does it get if you are ordering TEA TEA ! Spicy tea is called Masala Tea. Most parts of the world know tea as cha, chai, chay, te, teh or thé. So pleeeaase stop saying Chai Tea!

Exotic Spices and Spice Powders – Homemade Tea Masala

I doubt there is any kitchen in the world that does not have any whole or powdered spices. The most common spices are cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg. Adding spice powders to bakes, curries, side dishes, desserts, soups, starters, dips, sauces, dressings, etc just makes all the difference in the overall taste.

Why You Should Make Spice Mixtures|Masalas At Home?

Plenty of advantages of making them at home:

  1. Spice or masala mixtures are absolutely fresh
  2. No adulteration or artificial flavorings added
  3. One can adjust the spice mixture according to ones taste
  4. Spices used to make the powder are of the best quality when made at home
  5. I just love the aroma of spices wafting through my kitchen
  6. Some simple spice powders can be very expensive
  7. Making small batches maintains freshness and flavour of the spice mixture
  8. Great for gifting on any occasion, be it Diwali, Christmas, Birthdays, House warming etc.

Is it easy to make the spice powders at home?

It definitely is, the only you require beside the spices is a good grinder. I use my trusted coffee grinder for making small batches of spice powders.

How do you make the spice powders?

Very easy, you need to roast or toast the spice or spices over low heat in a wide pan, skillet or wok. Keep stirring till either the spices begin to pop like mustard seeds or give off a pleasant aroma. It is believed that roasting them gently not only makes it easier to grind them but also on heating  volatile aromas are released making the spice or spices more flavorful. Make sure you don’t burn the spices.

Some Home Made Spice mixtures by Fellow Bloggers:

Ras El Hanout

Mireille makes a North African spice mixture which cane used for soups, couscous, meat and fish dishes.


Home Made Instant Sambar Mix

Shobha shows how to make this spice mix including a tip of traveling with this spice mix to make a quick rasam whenever you have access to a kettle and water.

Bisi Bele Bath Masala

Renu makes it at home whenever she prepares the famous Karnataka dish, Bisi Bele Bath.

Kadhai Masala Mix

Check out Swaty’s spice mix which you can practically use for any Indian curry.

Homemade Biryani Masala

Archana’s spice mix makes all the difference to biryanis and pulaos.

 Homemade Masala Blend

Mina learned how to make this easy, versatile spice mix  from her father in law.

 Kootu Podi

Priya’s spice mix is so simple to make. I’m sure it can be used for a variety of  dishes.

 Punjabi Garam Masala

Jayashree’s spice mix is perfect for any Punjabi Cuisine dish you prepare.


home made spice mixtures

Roast or toast separately or together?

It all depends, certain spices like cloves, cinnamon, pepper can be roasted together. Smaller spices or those that roast faster are added later on. Some prefer to roast them all separately and then mix them. As for me it all depends on what kind of spice mixture I am making.

Do I make all my spice mixtures and powders at home?

Yes I do except for the pickle spice mixture which I buy ready made.  Just love how flavorful, aromatic and fresh they are. Any extra spice powder is stored in an airtight container or ziplock in the fridge. Here are some spice mixtures I make at home:

Chole Bhature is a popular dish in the Northern part of India. Apparently, it originates from Delhi. Chole is a spicy chickpea curry and bhatura is a soft puffed up flatbread that goes with the chole.
Check out this recipe
Tandoori Masala/Spice Mixture is blend of various spices that is generally used as a marinade for food prepared in a tandoor (clay oven) or for grilling. Aromatic and so flavourful, homemade spices are the best.
Check out this recipe
To give any biryani dish that spicy, aromatic, exquisite, distinct taste adding Biryani Masala is a must. Use this Biryani Masala or Biryani Spice Mixture for any biryani you prepare.
Check out this recipe
Not too fiery hot,an aromatic and flavourful mixed vegetable curry from the Kolhapuri Cuisine. Best served with roti, bhakri or parathas.
Check out this recipe
Homemade Garam Masala is a blend of spices that is an essential part of the Indian Cuisine. Garam means hot, not temperature wise but as in taste. However, it is not that hot, but adds a subtle heat to any curry or masala. Masala is spices in Hindi.
Check out this recipe
Thandai is a refreshing traditional milk based Indian Drink that is quite popular during the Holi Festival. Made from spices, nuts, seeds and rose petals, its not only a cooler but also a nutritious drink.
Check out this recipe
Doodh Masala | Masala Milk Powder is an Indian Spice Mixture made using nuts,seeds and warming spices. This spice mixture, Doodh Masala or Milk Spice Mixture is usually added to hot or warm milk.
Check out this recipe


Ingredients for Homemade Tea Masala & Masala Tea

For Homemade Tea Masala

  • Black Pepper – to add that little hotness to the spice
  • Cardamom – I usually try to use green ones whenever available but you can use any. I don’t peel the cardamom, I roast them with the pod as they too are very aromatic. Sometimes I like to add a bit more depending on how I want the tea masala powder to taste.
  • Cinnamon sticks – best to cut them into smaller pieces before roasting them. Its easy to break a cinnamon bark using a pestle.
  • Cloves – be careful not to add too much  as the spice mixture can become too pungent. Cloves have a very strong flavour and smell.
  • Ginger Powder/Dried Ginger – I usually use ginger powder which I get a steady supply of from my sister in law. However, if not available use dried ginger. Roast the ginger pieces with the cinnamon. During winter or cold months I tend to add 50g more of the ginger powder.
  • Nutmeg – Grate it or crack the whole one using a pestle.
  • Mace – optional, but I love the flavour and aroma it adds.

For Masala Tea

  • Water – the proportion required depends on you. Some use 1 part water and 1 part milk. Some use more water. Some use less water.
  • Milk – like above the amount required depends on your taste.
  • Sugar – add according to your taste. Can replace it with brown sugar, jaggery. If using jaggery, add at the end and do not boil. Stir to melt it.
  • Chai Masala – Tea Masala. Add according to your taste.
  • Mint Leaves – adds a lovely flavour to the tea.
  • Fresh Ginger – usually can add either mint or ginger or both. Depends on your taste. I haven’t added any for this recipe.
  • Tea – preferably loose black tea. However, if you don’t have any then use tea bags.

How to use Homemade Tea Masala?

  • Iced Chai Saffron Latteadd ½ tsp of tea masala to the brewing mixture
  • Date Chai Muffins simply taste awesome. A perfect balance of sweetness from the dates and spiciness from the tea masala.
  • Jaggery Banana Bread a spicy and earthy flavoured banana bread.
  •  Tea Bread – made from black tea and tea masala, its such a wonderful tea time treat with tea or coffee.
  •  Date Bread – for Christmas Breakfast I love to make this bread a bit spicy.
  • Bhapa Doi – My blogger friend Sasmita adds it to her baked yogurt.
  • During her visit to Jodhpur India, my friend Nayna stumbled upon a spice shop run by Mrs Verhomal and her daughters. One of the spice mixtures she bought was masala chai powder. Head over to her blog to find out how she brews a perfect cup of Indian Tea and to read about the spice shop.


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Watch How To Make Tea Masala & Masala Tea



Homemade Tea Masala or Chai Masala is an aromatic mixture of spices to add to your daily cuppa tea. Use the spice mixture for cakes, cookies, tea breads, latte.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks, Spice Mixture
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 cup



  • 100 g black pepper
  • 75 g cinnamon sticks
  • 50 g cardamom
  • 10 cloves laving
  • 100 g dried whole ginger or powder
  • 2 nutmegs
  • 1-2 pieces mace


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • ½ tsp chai masala
  • 3-4 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 tsp tea leaves



  • Dry roast the cinnamon sticks over low heat for 2 minutes. Remember to keep stirring all the time.
  • Add cloves and cardamom. Roast for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add peppercorns and mace and roast for 1 minute.
  • Transfer the roasted spices to a plate or tray. Let the spices cool.
  • Grind the roasted spices. If using whole nutmegs, crack them with a pestle and add to the spices to grind.
  • Transfer the spice mixture to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the ginger and nutmeg powder (if using that) and mix it very well.
  • Store the masala in an airtight container.


  • Add 2 cups of water and mint leaves in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Allow it to boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tea masala and simmer the mixture for a few seconds.
  • Add sugar. Mix. Simmer the mixture for 1 minute.
  • Add tea leaves and simmer the mixture for 1 minute.
  • Add milk. Allow the tea to become hot.
  • Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Masala chai or tea is ready to be served.
  • Using a sieve, strain the tea directly into the mugs or a teapot.


  • Use good quality spices.
  • Remember to roast them gently, do not burn the whole spices.
  • Store in an airtight container to retain the freshness.
  • Adjust the amount of spices according to your taste.
  • Don't add too much of cloves, nutmeg or pepper as it may make the spice powder to strong and pungent.
  • Usually the ratio of water and milk is 1:1. Some use more water like I do. Some less. It all depends on your taste.
  • I prefer to use 2 or 3 % milk.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste. Can replace white sugar with brown sugar, jaggery or any other sugar of your choice.
Keyword homemade spice mixture, masala tea, spices, tea masala

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  • Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    March 22, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    having this masala ready is great to make masala chai at a moments notice!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 23, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      It is and I use it a lot for adding to my bakes too wherever spice blends are required e.g. Christmas cake.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    March 23, 2020 at 12:14 am

    I can smell the aroma of this tea masala. I love making ginger tea, but when not in hand this is so useful. Loved your presentation and also a good gifting idea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 23, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, for my daughter’s wedding as favour gift I had made tea masala and packed in tiny bottles. Everyone loved, unfortunately cannot find the clicks. I find having tea masala ready comes in handy even when traveling when tea or coffee is bad.. just add the masala and its comforting.

  • shobhakeshwani

    March 23, 2020 at 1:32 am

    I always drink only masala chai. I will try your recipe as Gujarati chai ka masala is very nice. Mine is slightly different. I add saunf also but very little cinnamon and few cloves.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 23, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Shobha, I love fennel so perhaps will add some next time I make tea masala.

  • jayashreetrao

    March 23, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    These days I am usually making the masala tea at home. It will be good to make this one and store.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 23, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, yes home made masalas are the best.


    March 23, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Wow! such a delicious and aromatic masala! I love the sound of all the masalas in this tea mix. I love it! This will make a great gift item too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 23, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. I love giving presents that people can use.

  • FoodTrails

    March 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    The recipe sounds so flavorful.. Not only tea, it will be a great addition to cakes and cookies.. will be nice loving gift to loved ones too!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 23, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Swaty, whenever I give it as a gift receivers really appreciate it.

  • Mina Joshi

    March 23, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Homemade tea masala is the best. I love the way you have packaged it. Sometimes I cheat and buy ready made masala and then regret it as they tend to have no flavours.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 23, 2020 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Mina, I always make tea masala whenever I’m traveling to give some to my kids and sister in laws. I also made some as favors for guests during my daughter’s wedding.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    March 26, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Love that cute package with tea masala, perfect for gifting! love homemade masalas, i have never tried to make tea masala, though i pound fresh spices before making chai. that iced chai saffron latte, sounds yumm mayuri ji!! Bookmarking!!! 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 26, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, try the masala out… it will save time from your pounding every time you need it when you make masala tea.

  • Alpa

    November 5, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Hi. Are you able to give measurements in cups, please?
    Thank you.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 5, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Alpa give me a day as I will have to measure the ingredients and then use a cup. Please share your email address so I can send you the measurements.

  • Azlin Bloor

    August 22, 2023 at 5:03 am

    5 stars
    I love everything about this post, Mayuri! This is how I start my mornings, with added fresh grated ginger. But I don’t add mint leaves. I’m going to give that a try tomorrow morning.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 23, 2023 at 12:51 am

      Thanks Azlin, do try it with mint. It tastes amazing. During winter months I add both fresh ginger and mint along with the masala.

  • Lal

    October 24, 2023 at 11:33 pm

    5 stars
    Can you please share the cup details and the box you used for packaging etc? It looks so beautiful.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 25, 2023 at 8:26 pm

      The cups and box all are from India.Had got the cups at a fair. As for the box, don’t know where it is from. My daughter had received a gift in it. I used it for presentation.I usually gift the masala in small tins or jars that I get from Amazon. Etsy too has a good choice of containers.

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