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
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Method
  1. lightly toast the spices until fragrant
  2. place the spices into a spice blender and blend until smooth

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27 thoughts on “Recipe For Karha Masala

  1. Did not know chai already meant tea–I’ll have to stop automatically saying chai tea now!

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    1. I also have to do the same 🙂

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  2. Hi Tandy!
    One question, what kind of ice cream did you use? And, how did you blend it? (Ok, two questions)
    Thanks 😉

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    1. Hi there – I have posted the recipe for the ice cream as I make my own 🙂

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  3. 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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    1. thank you so much for sharing that with me Usha, I will make some more of the masala and give it a try 🙂

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  4. I’m sure those spices make a gorgeous ice-cream.

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    1. They do – I’ve just blogged the recipe 🙂

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  5. I never knew chai meant teas either…. that is redundant! 🙂

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    1. very! and now I can understand why my Indian friends keep asking me if I want Chai 🙂

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  6. Now I’m craving a spiced chai latte from Starbucks.;) That ice cream must taste wonderful.

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    1. I have never been to Starbucks! The ice cream was amazing and I have just blogged the recipe 🙂

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  7. 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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    1. It is so great to learn new phrases and then use them correctly 🙂

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  8. I just had a big spicy whiff of Christmas up my nose — honestly! 😀

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    1. that is so good!

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  9. Sounds like a lovely warming spice mix and I´d love a cup of chai made with that!

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    1. It is very warming (read hot) 🙂

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  10. Wow, very different and sounds delicious.
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. thanks Mandy 🙂

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  11. Nice idea – I use tea in quite a lot of recipes, although I rarely drink it.

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    1. I am starting to use tea for more than my tea cup, slowly but surely 🙂

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  12. sounds delicious!

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    1. it was put to good use as well 🙂

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  13. that is a lovely chai masal tandy. We use everything that you mentioned except fennel seeds in chai masala

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    1. thank you Veena for sharing that – I just guessed what I needed 🙂

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