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Chai Spice

When considering all the possibilities chai spice can lend your baking, it might be best to think of an iconic line from poet Walt Whitman: “I contain multitudes.” At once sweet and spicy, bold and complementary, chai spice offers a powerful blend of flavors, from cinnamon to cardamom, that can stand happily alone or enhance existing tastes. But how did this blend of traditional Indian spices become one of the most popular in American baking? Join us on a journey from the Indian tea stalls to the American home cupboard.

What Americans call “chai” or “chai tea” is more accurately called “masala chai” in its homeland of India. A marriage between earthy black tea and spices, masala chai is a relatively new addition to the ancient tradition of Indian cuisine. In order to break

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