The tea is brewed with black tea, milk and a blend of spices, either whole or ground.
The blend of spices vary from brand to brand and individual to individual but usually contains the following ingredients: ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black peppercorns.
Other spices that may be added are: nutmeg, mace, saffron, fennel seeds or star anise.
The spices may be added whole, to the tea being brewed or mixed and ground and used in powdered form.
I always find that the commercial brands of tea masala are never balanced. For example the suraj tea masala that I’m using right now seems to have too much cinnamon. I can’t taste the other ingredients. It’s always better to make your own, if you can.
Here are the ingredients in two of the Tea Masala I have in my pantry right now:
Suraj Tea Masala:
Cinnamon, Ginger (contains sulphites), Black Pepper, Cloves and Cardamom.
Tropical Heat Tea Masala
Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, Black Pepper and Nutmeg
Here is a homemade recipe for tea masala.