Zanzibari Tea Masala

One of the hidden treasures of Zanzibar is a spice blending workshop. Murtala, the workshop master lives outside the town in a small house overlooking the Indian Ocean. I attended one of his classes while in Stone Town. After 2 hours and having spent 30 USD, I learnt how to prepare my own beef/fish masala, tea masala and Zanzibari biryani masala. If you’re preparing masalas at home using below recipes, better roast your spices before grinding.


Zanzibar Tea Masala (boil 1 tsp with 600 ml of black tea)

1 tbsp. cardamom pods

2 tbsp. dried orange peel

½ tbsp. white pepper ( I’m not joking)

1 ½ tbsp. ginger powder

3 big sticks of cinnamon

½ nutmeg

½ tsp. vanilla extract


Place everything in a mortar and grind until powdered.

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