Make your own chai tea at home, or add a warm chai flavor to your next recipe with this Chai Spice Blend. Made with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and just a pinch of black pepper. A versatile spice blend to keep in your kitchen.
Are you a chai tea fan? Or do you love spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves? Either way, I think you’ll love this chai spice blend. It’s filled with all of your favorite winter spices. It’s a must have on your spice rack!
You’ll love this spice blend because it’s easy to customize. Chai has been around for such a long time, it was hard for me to pin down any ‘standard’ recipe. From what I found, chai is made differently all around the world, and even differs by family.
In short – customize it however you’d enjoy it best. If you love ginger, feel free to add more ginger and less cinnamon, or vice versa. You can even add a teaspoon or two of brown sugar for a sweet blend.
What is chai?
Did you know: chai means “tea” in Hindi. So when we ask for a “chai tea” we are literally asking for “tea tea.” Kind of silly, right? However, this is how chai was marketed to Americans. Therefore, this is what we call it. You can simply call it “chai” if you prefer.
A spice blend makes an excellent gift. Find a decorative spice jar, like this or this. Tie a ribbon around the jar with a tag, and gift with some specialty tea or a coffee mug. Everyone loves and appreciates a gift they can eat, right?
How else can you use chai spice blend? I like to add it to my favorite cookie recipes. For a standard 36 cookie recipe, try adding 1-2 teaspoons to your dough. You can also add it to your morning oatmeal, muffins, or a breakfast smoothie. Any recipe where you might add cinnamon, try adding chai spices instead!
Chai Spice Blend
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended. Store in an airtight container