Masala Chai Recipe With Whole Spices

Heather Dessinger

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Cup of freshly brewed masala chai with ground cinnamon and one whole star anise on top.

Make tea. Take first warm, delicious sip. Help kids find shoes for 45 minutes. Finish tea cold.

Sound familiar? Well then, you’re going to love this masala chai recipe! Infused with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel and peppercorns, it’s absolutely delicious both hot and cold. Most people probably tend to prefer one or the other, but I usually get to experience both with just one cup. 🙂

Unlike my adaptogen chai recipe – which is a caffeine-free version that includes therapeutic herbs that help our bodies adapt to stress – this recipe is true to black-tea infused blends found in India.

Masala chai literally translates as “spiced tea,” so it’s no surprise that it’s full of rich, full-bodied spices that will fill your kitchen with a delightful aroma when brewed.

Overhead view of loose leaf black tea, whole cardamom, peppercorns, fennel seeds, dried ginger root pieces and cinnamon chips

Free Download: “Homemade Masala Chai” Label Template

Oh and one more thing, this whole spice mix makes an easy, thoughtful and delicious gift for teachers, friends, grandparents, co-workers, neighbors, and whomever else you want to make smile.

Put it in a cute mason jar and voila! You have an instant gift that just about everyone will love.

Jar with "Masala Chai" sticker label on the lid

How To Package Chai Tea To Give As A Gift

For this project, I filled two of these 4 ounce jars using the recipe below. A tea infuser is needed to brew this chai, so I often include one like this with the tea.

Overhead view of hot masala tea
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Whole Spice Chai Mix & Tea Recipe

Delicious both hot and poured over ice, this masala chai – which literally translates as "spiced tea" – is infused with cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, ginger, peppercorns and black tea.
Makes approximately 1.5 cups masala chai mix, which will yield about 24 cups of tea.
Course Drinks
Cook Time 5 minutes
7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 24 cups
Calories 7kcal
Author Heather Dessinger



Masala Chai Mix Ingredients

Tea Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chai mix (recipe above)
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • sweetener to taste (I use maple syrup or honey)


To Make The Masala Chai Mix

  • Combine all ingredients and spoon into a clean jar. (Or jars, if you’re giving the mix away as a gift.)

To Brew A Cup of Masala Chai

  • Place one tablespoon of tea into a tea infuser.
  • Bring ¾ cup water to a boil and pour it over the tea. Cover and steep for 5-7 minutes.
  • Strain out the tea, add ¼ cup milk and sweeten to taste.


Nutrition facts are an estimate for one cup of tea. The info does not include milk of choice or sweetener. 
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Serving: 1cup | Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world.