Spice Up Your Life with a Cup of Traditional Masala Chai
Chai is a centuries’ old beverage, made all across India, in different regions each with their own unique flavoring and recipes. Masala chai, a type of spiced chai, is one of the most popular variations and enjoyed everywhere from roadside vendors to sophisticated urban cafes.
Benefits of Masala Chai
Masala Chai has a variety of benefits, both culinary and medicinal.
- Health benefits: Masala Chai is rich in antioxidants, which help to reduce heart disease, bolster the immune system, and even provide anti-cancer. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory properties and aids in digestion.
- Flavors: The spices used to make Masala Chai offer a variety of aromas and flavors that make every cup a unique experience. Traditionally, they include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper, though many more variations are available.
- Cultural Impact: Masala Chai has an important role in the culture of India and other countries, where the drink is considered a symbol of hospitality and friendship. It’s a popular accompaniment to meals, and a popular way to start the day.
How to Make Traditional Masala Chai
Making traditional Masala Chai is surprisingly easy, and only requires a few ingredients.
- Milk (you can use almond milk or any other non-dairy milk)
- Fresh Ginger
- Black Tea Leaves
- Cardamom Pods
- Pepper Corns
- Sugar or Honey (optional)
Once you have all the ingredients, follow these easy instructions:
- Bring milk to a gentle boil, then add freshly chopped ginger.
- Add your tea leaves, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and pepper corns to the milk.
- Allow the tea to simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Strain the tea into your cup, add sugar or honey for sweetness (optional).
- Enjoy your perfectly brewed Masala Chai!
Traditional Masala Chai is a centuries-old drink that is enjoyed around the world. Its spicy blend of flavors and health benefits make it a perfect accompaniment to many meals, and a great way to start the day. So, why not try making your own, and spice up your life with a cup of Masala Chai?