Spice Mix For Flavorful Tea


Call me foodie or health nut my sunday morning starts with reading an article by Mark Bittman. Yes I am a huge fan of his writing about recipes. I applaud his formidable approach to different cuisine from beet salad to different kind of curries  of Indian style. Recently I came across his article about spices in New York Times article. I enjoyed those spice mix so I thought to give an idea of my tea spice mix. A cup of Tea in the morning is healthy for you.  Here is a quick cheat sheet to How To Blend perfect Spices or as you may say Masala for refreshing cup of Tea.

Chai  is the drink offered everywhere in India. No doubt it is a little bit habit-forming, but it is great way to start the day. It has antioxidant proprieties and gives relief from the common cold and allergies. Different varieties of this tea are available and the recipe below is more for black tea. I like Tetley Tea bags which are good to use and commonly available in grocery store near you. You can also find many different kinds of tea leaves in  stores. Fresh ginger and Lemon grass and/or fresh mint can give a very nice flavor and punch to the taste. This recipe will also work with soy milk.
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: Ingredients:

1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Water
1 Pinch Tea Masala
2 Tea Bags
2 Tsp Sugar


  1. Mix all of the ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Let simmer for a few seconds.
  4. Chai is ready and tastes great with biscuits!

Tips For Spice Blend:

1 cup dry ginger powder or sooth

1 cup black pepper

1 cup cardamom pods

1/2 cup cloves

1/2 cup cinnamon

1 Tsp nutmeg optional

Few strands of saffron

  • Tea Masala is a mix of  all the above spice together. If you want little mild spiced go easy on cloves and black pepper. Coffee/spice  grinder can be used to blend spices.
  • If you mix ingredients together you can store the mixture in a jar and use as needed.
Nutrition Facts are for 1/2 Serving.
Health Benefits of Chai Tea:
From Chai.com
Tea Leaf
Tea Leaves (Camellia sinensis)

Tea is full of healthy substances, including antioxidants, that may help prevent everything from heart disease to strokes to cancer.

Ginger Chai
Ginger (Zingiberaceae)

Ginger root is believed to strengthen and heal the digestive and respiratory system, as well as to fight off colds/flu. Removes congestion, soothes sore throats, and relieves body aches. Recent studies have shown it to be effective in preventing motion sickness as well.

Cinnamon Chai
Cinnamon (Cinnamonum Zeylanicum)

This herb is a stimulant to other herbs enabling them to work faster.

Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Imparts an underlying warmth to the body

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

Stimulates the mind and gives clarity

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