Yesterday, we shared a fantastic Chai Tea Smoothie recipe – made with this delicious, easy chai spice mix. Sure – you could easily buy a chai spice mix at most supermarkets these days. But chances are, you have most (if not all) of these spices already in your cabinet at home!
A spice blend like this is sometimes also referred to as Masala Chai – with the word ‘masala’ being the Hindi work for spice and cardamom being a key spice using in a masala blend. The word ‘chai’ means tea – so this is a wonderful spice mix very well-suited for mixing with black tea and milk.
In yesterday’s smoothie recipe, we used a teaspoon of this Chai Spice Mix along with several tea bags to create a strong concentrate that was then mixed with milk, yogurt, ice and a few other ingredients. But this Chai Spice Mix can be used for so much more: cookies, cakes, and other types of dessert, as well as savory dishes where you want to add an exotic spicy flavor!
Once blended together, store this Chai Spice Mix in a small, air-tight jar or container in your spice cabinet. The mix will keep for several months.
Adapted from Indiaphile.Print
Although we used mostly pre-ground jarred spices in our version of this Chai Spice Mix, for even better flavor and potency use whole spices and grind them yourself.
- 2 tablespoons ginger powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1½ teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, finely ground
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Store in an air-tight container in a dry, cool location.
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