If anyone knows how to stretch a dollar around the holidays, it's our frugalista, Amrita Singh. Thanks to her family chai spice (a.k.a. masala chai) recipe, with just one trip to the bulk store, you've got yourself four gifts for less than $25!
What Is Chai?
Chai means spiced tea. Though originally from Asia, these days, it can be found in most North American tea shops.
3/4 cup green cardamom
2 tbsp black peppercorns
3 tbsp cloves
3 tbsp ground ginger
2 star anise
4 small (3-in.) sticks of cinnamon
4 spice containers (available at most dollar stores)
4 tea strainers
4 custom masala-chai gift tags
- Combine all spices in a bowl. Add spice mixture by the spoonful into a spice grinder or coffee mill. Grind in batches until blend reaches a powder-like consistency.
- Divide chai spice into 4 individual containers and seal. Attach a tea strainer and bow to each container, and your gift is ready!
- To really dress it up, attach one of the frugalista's masala-chai gift tags to each, which include the recipe for traditional chai tea.
Note: A little spice goes a long way, and the longer you let it steep, the more flavourful your tea will be. Chai spice is also delicious in cookies, rice pudding, cakes and more!