A traditional Indian spiced tea that has been drunk for centuries for its reputed Ayurvedic properties. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of holistic self healing. Masala chai tea not only tastes fantastic but it also has amazing beneficial properties and nothing can replace a homemade version! Chai means "milky tea". Add spices and you get "masala chai" . A lovely warming winter brew to boost up your immunity, beat fatigue and act against inflammation. The spices whilst excellent on their own, when fused together synergise to create a wonderfully powerful tea that is so so good for you. Normally tea can be acidic but when combined with spices its acidic nature is reduced and the digestive and pancreatic enzymes are stimulated and increased. In ayurveda, masala chai is "sattvic" and has a calming and balancing effect. Thus helpful in stabilising those annoying pre-menstrual hormones.
I've listed below the recipe the individual health benefits of the spices of this beautiful tea. Definitely read on!
5 teaspoons of loose black tea (or 3 bags)
* darjeeling * assam * orange pekoe *
2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
10 green cardamom pods
4 black peppercorns (white works well too)
3 teaspoons of honey/light brown sugar to taste
1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg
2 star anise