Mixing Your Own Masala Chai

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rooibos Chai Masala Ingredients (tea)

I kinda fell in love with this rooibos masala chai from Miss Tea, but it was a bit pricey and not exactly acquirable in the Pittsburgh area. So I set out to emulate the magic mix. The ingredients are a perfect composition of vanilla, shaved nutmeg, dried ginger, real cinnamon, whole cloves, crushed cardamom, and rooibos loose leaf. I basically eyeballed the proportions from the original and taste-tested/adjusted until I got it perfect. Dried ginger is pretty much the best. Always need more.

There's a few more in-depth recipes for making your own masala chai, from TheKitchn and Design*Sponge. Although, if you're really adventurous, you can attempt your own custom blends of non-masala teas. You're no longer limited by the tea selection in the store!

Home-mixed Rooibos Masala Chai
Rooibos Masala Chai Concentrate

Making Tea Concentrate
Rather than purchase chai concentrate, you can make your own fairly easily. I boil 4 cups of water, add 2 Tbsp of loose leaf tea, and then brew for 15 minutes (less if you're using black or green tea as a base). Pour through a sieve into a glass bottle and refrigerate. It should keep for up to a week. Then you're free to mix the tea concentrate into soy/almond/cow milk or water or whatever adventure you feel like trying.

Miss Tea's Roobois Masala Chai


Anne said...

Nice for this Pittsburgher now in Seattle area to find your blog! Did you ever create a recipe with exact measurements for your tea? It sounds tasty. And I really liked the article you linked about creating custom tea. Will gather co-workers for a tea making party.

Look forward to reading your posts!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Ooh yum! I have never thought of making my own before but you have made it look totally doable - I'll have to give it a try!

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