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Homemade Chai Tea Mix

If you are wanting to create a food gift or you just like really amazing chai tea and want to create your own – this recipe is for you.  Chai tea is so wonderful, the spices are good for us and when you create your own -you can decide if you want black or herbal (rooibos) tea.  This recipe will make enough for 16 cups of tea.  And there is option for using ground spices if you choose to.

This is all it takes to create your own Chai Tea Mix

You will mix up the warm spices by crushing them a bit, put it in a glass jar, write instructions and you have a wonderful gift for someone you care about, which could be yourself:).  This recipe could be made with your kids and given as gifts to teachers.

Chai Tea, so yummy and easy to create your own Chai tea mix

It was so much fun finding some the spices, I went to a Middle Eastern market and there were so many herbs and spices I had no clue what they were, I spent my time picking up packages and sniffing them :).  If you don’t have a local market you may find the majority of the items in your supermarket.  I’ll give you links to Amazon ingredients too. If you want to create the spices but feel like ground spices would be easier for what you have in mind, I give you that combination as well.

I’d suggest that if you have a local Indian or other Middle Eastern market that is the most inexpensive place for some of these items.  The cardamon you want to get is green cardamom pods, it is sweeter than the brown cardamom (same plant) and the package will say green cardamom.   Green cardamom is not as mature; it is used in desserts and brown cardamom is traditionally used in savory dishes where a more pungent flavor is desired.

Crush the cardamom pods lightly

Crush the green pods a bit to release the flavorful tiny seeds.  Its ok if some of the pods are not crushed.

Green Cardamom; see tiny seeds?

The star anise is a powerhouse of a spice, it is traditional in chai tea, if you don’t care for licorice tones; reduce it.  It would be one of the ingredients that you may not want to double up on as it is strong.  I think it is really pretty to add a star anise to the outside of the package for decoration too.

Chopped and crushed ready to mix

Black loose tea, Darjeeling is recommended as the most authentic.  Or rooibos loose tea which has no caffeine and so delicious!  Either tea will make a wonderful cup of Chai. For this mix, I suggest you keep the Chai spices separate from the tea;

These spices smell so good!

that way if one time you want black tea and in the evening you want Rooibos it is easy to have whichever you choose.   Use 1 heaping tablespoon of coarsely chopped chai spices for each cup of tea.

Ahhh, straining Chai Tea

To make your tea you don’t even need a tea strainer; put the spices and water in saucepan, simmer for 5-10 minutes; add in tea and your choice of milk and sweetener; simmer another five minutes and it is fabulous! Strain in fine strainer.  You can make up a batch of tea, keep it in the refrigerator to heat up a cup quickly when so desired.  And another tip, you can keep the used spices and steep more tea 🙂

Chai Spice Mix for Tea

I suggest you use glass jars for your gifting because you will be giving 2 gifts, a jar can be used for years to come. Of course HomeGoods is a great place for finding hinged canning jars.  I really like Weck jars too which is what I used!   You could add a fabulous wooden spoon-this one is a tablespoon and will also be cherished for years. 

Enjoy this recipe and I’d love to hear your variations!  Post it to Pinterest if you want to save it for later.

Chai Spice Tea Mix

Homemade Chai Tea Mix recipe that is perfect for making your own Chai tea or giving as gifts. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chai Spice Tea Mix, DIY food gift idea, Homemade Chai Tea mix recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 16


  • 7 Cinnamon sticks (3" length) or 3-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3-1/2 cup cystallized ginger, chopped coarsely or 1-1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 36 whole green cardamom pods or 1-3/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3-4 whole star anise or 1-1/2 tsp ground anise
  • 1 heaping tablespoon whole cloves or 2-1/4 tsps ground cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons whole black peppercorns or 3 TBS grnd pepper
  • 2-3 (optional) additional whole star anise for decoration of gift


  1. *If using ground spices see note below for directions. 

    Break cinnamon sticks in pieces with fingers or back of wooden spoon.  Crush green cardamom pods with back of wooden spoon.  Crush anise coarsely by pinching the star points with your fingers. 

    Mix all spices together in a small bowl.  Makes heaping cup of spice mix.  

  2. (Following are for crushed whole spices).   For Gift Giving put these instructions on Gift: 

    For each cup of tea (6-8 ounces) use 1 tablespoon of spices and 1 cup water. Heat water and spices in small saucepan, bring water to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 7-10 minutes. Add 1/4 cup milk + 1 Tbs sweetener. Turn heat to low, add tea and steep 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain chai through fine sieve and serve hot.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If using ground spices follow these instructions: 

Mix all ground spices together = approximately 16 teaspoons put in small glass jar.   

Use 1 teaspoon of spice for each cup of tea.   

Directions for Gift giving: 

Chai Spice Tea Mix

For each cup of tea: Steep 1 teaspoon spices in 1 cup simmering water for 7-10 minutes, add 1/3 cup milk + 1 tablespoon sweetener and 1 teabag of black (darjeeling) or rooibos tea; simmer for 5 minutes.  Serve hot.  Enjoy!

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