Process all the ingredients in a spice grinder until finely ground.
The Chai mix is traditionally used to prepare a fragrant addition to a cup of brewed robust tea: Add 1 Tbs. of the spice mix to a cup of milk along with 1 Tbs. of sugar and beat the mixture to a froth; strain the milk to remove the spices before adding it to tea. The same mix enlivens a turkey breast (use 1/2 Tbs. for each pound of meat and coat it before roasting) and adds a warm Southeast Asian glow to a beef-noodle soup.
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