Masala Chai Concentrate

Making masala chai at home is extremely easy, yet so many people will go to their favorite coffee shop and get one there instead. Often times they're using a concentrate that could be made at home in a few minutes, and have the best one you've ever had.


Black Cardamom

Green Cardamom


  • 15 green cardamom pods or 6 black cardamom (I used a mix of these)

  • 4 cinnamon sticks (16g)

  • 1 Tbsp (10g) black peppercorns

  • 12 cloves

  • 1/4 tsp fresh grated or ground nutmeg

  • 2 3-inch strips oranges zest *optional*

  • 1/4 cup (55g) granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup (45g) fresh ginger rough chopped

  • 1/2 cup (23g) loose leaf black tea



  1. Take your green/black cardamom, cinnamon sticks, black peppercorns and cloves and place in a baking sheet; toasting them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 minutes.

  2. Once toasted, combine your spices with 1 quart of filtered water in a pot. Add in your ginger which has been rough chopped, your granulated sugar, orange peels and ground nutmeg.

  3. Bring your mixture up to a boil over medium-high heat, then immediately reduce it down to a low simmer and let it sit for 10 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and allow it to cool for 30 seconds. Drop in ½ cup of loose leaf black tea. Let it steep for 4-5 minutes.

  5. Strain your mixture and reserve your liquid.