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Let It Go with Chai

Homemade Chai Masala and Mindful Chai

Make this spice mix yourself, so you can make a lightly spiced hot or cold chai at home. That way, you control the sweetness, and you can use coconut milk, almond milk, or dairy milk, for a custom drink.
Course Drinks
Servings 6
Author Robin Asbell



  • 4 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • 5 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons masala above
  • 2 tablespoons black tea leaves or your favorite
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup honey or other sweetener to taste


  • Make masala of ground spices and whole fennel seeds. Mix well and store tightly covered.
  • For tea, put masala and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, add the milk and vanilla if using, return to the boil, add tea and steep for 4 minutes off the heat. Strain the tea and stir in honey to taste.