Easy Masala Chai Recipe
Do you want a delicious treat that also packs some powerful health benefits? Then look no further than this spiced tea. Masala chai, also known as chai tea contains a delicious blend of flavors that emit a spicy aroma to enliven your senses.
Thanks to the caffeine content of black tea leaves, it is a great choice for getting your morning started or finding a much needed energy boost halfway through your day.
The included black pepper has been shown to help aid in digestion, making it fabulous for after meals as well.
Ginger is well known for its ability to reduce nausea and assist digestion. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate aches and pains and it’s a key ingredient in this tea.
Clove and cinnamon are ranked among the herbs with highest antioxidant levels and chai tea contains both of these spices.
The cardamom contains high doses of vitamin C and other nutrients that keep your immune system healthy. Plus, it has antimicrobial properties too.
It’s easy to see why this tea is a favorite of yogis and yoginis around the world.
The list of health benefits derived from the ingredients in this tea could go on and on; but we’ll get to the tasty part.
Here’s how to make it:
Takes: 15 min, Serves 4
4 crushed cloves
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp anise seeds
1/8 tsp crushed black pepper
1 crushed cinnamon stick
3 cups water
½ cup milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp black assam tea
In a saucepan combine cloves, ginger, cardamom, anise seeds, black pepper, and cinnamon. Add water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 5 min. Add milk and sugar then bring back to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea, cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Strain tea into a serving pitcher. Serve and enjoy!
Masala chai has many variations. You can play with this recipe to find your favorite blend, use fresh ingredients, add tulsi, fennel, or even orange peel to the mix. The possibilities are endless!
Note: Always consult with your medical provider before adding new ingredients to your diet.