Chai Spice is a warm and aromatic blend of spices. This Homemade Chai Spice blend is a versatile necessity for any pantry. The ubiquitous Starbucks introduced me to Chai spice. On a date, Starbucks served up an Iced Chai Tea Latte. From that point, I was hooked.
Chai Spice, a Versatile Go-To Spice
Every baker should reserve some room in their spice cabinet for some chai spice. It is a versatile spice that is handy in baking, drinks and smoothies.
- 2 Teaspoons Cardamom (ground)
- 2 Teaspoons Allspice (ground)
- 8 Teaspoons Cinnamon (ground)
- 1/2 Teaspoons Cloves (ground)
- 4 Teaspoons Ginger (ground)
- 1/8 Teaspoon Pepper (ground)
Mix all ingredients together and place in a covered spice container.
Use this versatile Homemade Chai spice blend in a myriad of ways:
- In your morning oatmeal
- As an alternative to Cinnamon Toast
- In your tea
- Add it to homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- Spice up your next batch of pancakes
- I could go on, but you get the picture. Be creative.
What follows is a brief history of Chai. Chai spice is known as Masala Chai (spiced tea) in India or, more simply, Chai. Originally, Chai was not sweetened, had no milk component, nor any tea and was used more as a relief for upset stomach or intestinal issues.
It is not known for certain where Chai had its origin but most sources suggest it originated in a royal court 5,000 to 9,000 years ago in either India or present day Thailand (Siam). The modern version of the teas seems to have taken form in the 1930’s when black tea was added into the mix. Popularity surged in the 1960’s due to cheaper tea production methods.
Adding this spice blend to your larder delivers big flavor. Every region or nation has their own blend so add or subtract from the list. I add some vanillas bean to mine to infuse a smoother flavor to the mix. Be creative and feel free to add your favorite addition in the comments below.
Nutritional information should not be relied upon to make dietary decisions. It is provided for informational purposes only; your results could vary significantly from what is listed here.***