Recipe For Karha Masala

I wanted to make chai ice cream, but in my search for what actually goes into chai, I discovered that the word chai means tea! Which means that the term chai tea is redundant. In fact, chai is made with a masala – a mix of spices, known as karha masala. I could not find an exact recipe but I did find a long list of ingredients, some vital and others optional and so I decided to make my own masala for this ice cream. This karha masala uses all the warm spices, and as this was made in time for Christmas, it was just perfect. It has a strong emphasis on ginger so if you are not partial to the heat in ginger, reduce the amount you use. If you want it sweet, add some sugar.

"Pain Perdu With Karha Ice Cream"

Pain Perdu With Karha Ice Cream


Karha Masala
  • 5mls ground ginger
  • 5mls green cardamom pods
  • 5mls ground cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 2.5mls fennel seeds
  • 1.25mls black peppercorns
  • 5mls whole cloves
  • 1.25mls allspice
  • 2.5mls ground nutmeg
  1. lightly toast the spices until fragrant
  2. place the spices into a spice blender and blend until smooth

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28 thoughts on “Recipe For Karha Masala”

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  2. Hi Tandy, that is a nice recipe for chai masala & your ice cream looks divine. I never drink ordinary tea–i have to have-chai. Try making the chai with your masala, but use only fat free milk and no water–place the milk in a pot and add the chai masala, tea leaves and bring to a boil. Chai made this way is just excellent

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  4. What an intriguing flavor of ice cream! And a great analysis of Indian words…my roommate is Indian and apparently most food descriptors are used incorrectly all the time.

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