Karha Masala For Homemade Chai

Make your own karha masala for homemade chai.

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 Masala Ice Cream
Pain Perdu With Karha Ice Cream

I love pain perdu, but don’t make it often enough. Adding spices and using unusual breads can turn the ordinary into something special. Eggy bread as it is otherwise known is a great dessert for children. Just be sure to soak the bread long enough.


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Karha Masala

Recipe Category: Spice Blend
Cuisine: Indian
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 5 mls ground ginger
  • 5 mls green cardamom pods
  • 5 mls ground cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 2.5 mls fennel seeds
  • 1.25 mls black peppercorns
  • 5 mls whole cloves
  • 1.25 mls allspice
  • 2.5 mls ground nutmeg


  • lightly toast the spices until fragrant
  • place the spices into a spice blender and blend until smooth

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29 thoughts on “Karha Masala For Homemade Chai

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

  2. 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.

  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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