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A Simple Sweet Masala for Fall

Fall's Breakfast Spice Mix #chitchaatchai

Warm up your mornings with this simple 3-ingredient masala of toasted cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger powder. Whether you sprinkle some on a bowl of warm porridge, nut butter toast, or a tea latte, the aroma will lighten up a gray, fall morning.  Prompting a deep, energizing inhalation to get lead you into your day. While the blend brings a sweet, sugarless touch to the mornings, it loves to be dusted on afternoon fruit, mixed into cookie dough, blended with yogurt, or infused into steam milk and simmering grains. Balancing your favorite fall dish with circulation and digestion-boosting spices.

Pre-toasting the spices, not only deepens their flavor and aromatics, heating them a bit, cooks them ever so slightly. Taking off a bit of the edge. and sprinkled on top as a finishing spice. An ancient tradition supporting the digestive process, which also means toasted spices can also be used as is. No additional cooking required. The recipe also makes for a great base and is complimentary with spices like cloves, anise, fennel, and black pepper. 

Dosha: VPK
Season: Fall
Tastes: Pungent, Sweet
Total Time: 10-15 minutes
What you need: a cast iron or a skillet and an air-tight container

  • 1 part cardamom powder or 1 part + 1/3 part cardamom seeds
  • 1 part cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 part ginger powder

Fall's Breakfast Spice Mix #chitchaatchai
Step 1: If you are using cardamom seeds grind them into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle or a clean coffee grinder

Fall's Breakfast Spice Mix #chitchaatchaiStep 2: Using the medium setting on your stove, heat the skillet. When warm add all three spices and using a spatula gently stir until the spices are lightly toasted.  The air will begin to smell like a winter wonderland and that’s when you know you are done. Remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir to avoid burning the spices.  Toasting the spices releases their essential oils, which helps to intensify their flavors.  It also ignites their healing energy with the help of the ultimate transformer—fire.  

Step 3: Transfer the toasted spices to the storage container so that it is completely removed from the heat. Let cool before sealing the airtight container.

Enjoy with: Porridge, Fruit, Muesli, Galettes, Tarts, Cakes, Tea, Warm Milk,…I recently used it to make Cardamom-y Plantains & Ghee

Fall's Breakfast Spice Mix #chitchaatchaiSeasonal Spice Mix Benefits:

Toasting the spices releases their essential oils, which helps to intensify their flavors.  It also ignites their healing energy with the help of the ultimate transformer—fire.

Making small seasonal batches keeps spices fresh and their medicinal properties active

Using spices based on the season helps to maintain balance and keeps us in harmony with nature.


Night Cap: 1/4 tsp Breakfast Masala Mix for Fall and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg simmered in 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup water for 5-10 mins. Nutmeg is a mild sedative and helps get a restful night sleep

Mid-Day Treat: 1/4 tsp Breakfast Masala Mix for Fall and 1/s tsp turmeric with a little maple syrup or raw sugar simmered for 5-10 minutes in 1 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup water.

Click to learn about the benefits of cinnamon, ginger and carminative spices.


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