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Masala Chai Time!

Chai tea is traditionally taken after meals, due to its digestive boosting effects. However black tea in chai is similarly rich in antioxidants and has anti- inflammatory properties, which is more of a reason to drink Indian tea on a daily basis. The spices in chai have been used for thousands of years to promote general health and well-being.

Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
  • 6 Cardamom Pods
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Star anise
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger (or you can you fresh )
  • 2 teaspoons of black tea leaves (or 2 black tea bags)
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of organic milk (you can leave this part out and add a small amount of milk in the end when you have poured in your black tea in the cup)
  • 3 tablespoons of Honey
Method
  1. In a mortar, crush the cloves, cardamom pods and cinnamon, or use a coffee grinder.
  2. Transfer the crushed spices to a small saucepan, add the water and ginger and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the milk to the pan and bring to a boil (or skip this part and add a small amount of milk into your cup at the end).
  5. Remove from the heat and add the tea.
  6. Stir the chai, then strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into a teacup.
  7. Enjoy!
Benefits of Indian Spices for Chai: Cinnamon is thought to increase circulation and open breathing, increase awareness and vitality, and reduce fatigue. Cardamom is said to benefit the lungs, kidneys, and heart. It is also a mood elevator. Clove have pain-relieving and antiseptic attributes. Star Anise It's used frequently as a cough remedy and to freshen the breath. Ginger Long valued as a stimulant for the circulatory and the immune systems, ginger has been used to motion sickness.

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