Masala Chai Time!

//Masala Chai Time!

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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