Masala Chai Tea Recipe
Many are wondering how they can get a hold of a good cup of quality chai tea. You can choose to visit your favorite coffee shop, many of which have an extensive menu of both tea and coffee drinks. You can chose to make that trip to the Himalayas and get a cup of chai tea made by the very hands that helped create this tea recipe. There is a quicker option to getting a good cup of Canadian chai tea and that is to make a cup right in the comfort of your own kitchen. The most popular chai tea is masala tea, originally from India.
For this recipe you will need: fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, black peppercorns, cardamom pods, fresh cloves, cold water, some tea leaves or teabags such as Darjeeling tea, milk and sugar or maple syrup or honey to taste. You will begin by mixing and crushing the spices in a grinder or the saucepan you intend to make the tea in to release the flavor. Add some water, about 6 cups, into the pan and bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to let it simmer for about 10 minutes. If you are using tea leaves, add these to the pan while the mix is simmering. Turn off the heat and then add the milk and sugar depending to your taste. When using pre-packaged teabags, place them in the water and spice mix after it has been removed from the fire. You will then use a sieve or strain to put the tea in a teapot, separating the beverage from the spices and tea leaves. This recipe is best served hot but can be enjoyed at any temperature.
Quality chai tea does not have to have only the above spices and ingredients. If you are lactose intolerant, simply use a substitute such as soy milk or for that kick, take it black without milk. You can add spices such as Chinese Anise Star, fennel seeds or nutmeg and subtract what you feel does not work for you. You can take as many as 3 cups of chai tea in a day and it will not come close to the amount of caffeine found in just one cup of coffee. Taking chai tea is beneficial for your overall health and well being and the mix of herbs and spices can boost your mood, immune system, digestive system and circulation. It can also help to cure diseases such as cold and flu, stomach illnesses and even help repair organs such as the heart, kidney and lungs.
Making your own chai tea is not only cost effective but also allows you to control the ingredients in the tea. You are able to enjoy as many cups as you want on a minimal budget and you can make a cup at any time you please without waiting for the local coffee shop to open. This is a healthy alternative to alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks. If you are watching your weight, elimination of milk and processed sugar will definitely go a long way. Now you can enjoy a great cup of chai tea at home, great for entertaining guests and you can take it at any time of the day.
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