With the name of Chai tea or Masala Chai tea you know a delicious hot drink prepared and traditionally made with spices and black tea , characteristic of Ayurvedic Medicine in India and commonly consumed as a medicinal drink. In fact, did you know that its consumption dates back more than 4,000 years? It is a beverage that we already found at the beginning of the tea trade. Although it is true that, depending on the area of India where we are located, it is common to substitute black tea for him Green Tea . There is even a very popular traditional recipe where it is made with almonds.
It is a very stimulating hot drink , precisely because the mixture of spices used for its preparation are considered as hot spices , which help to stimulate the organism in a completely natural way. It is precisely this mixture that in India is known as Masala Chai , and contains spices such as cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds, cloves, star anise, ginger and pepper. When it comes to the variety of black tea used, it is common to use Ceylon tea, Darjeeling tea or Assam tea.
It is usual to take it alone or accompany it with milk . If so, we should talk about a Masala Chai tea with milk , which helps soften a little the aroma and taste of a tremendously aromatic, spicy and refreshing drink (unique qualities that we owe to the presence of fresh ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and star anise). And the black tea It gives it a slightly stronger flavor thanks to its fermentation process to which it is subjected during its production.
How to make a Masala Chai tea with milk
Ingredients you need:
- 2 tablespoons of black tea
- 1 tablespoon of cardamom
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 piece of fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons of cloves
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 liter of water
Preparation of Chai tea with milk:
Use a bowl or dry bowl to mix spices and black tea. Boil the water in a saucepan and add the spice mixture. Meanwhile, cut the piece of fresh ginger and add it to the water. Just when it begins to boil turn off the heat, cover the saucepan and let it rest for 5 minutes. Then let rest another 7 minutes. At the time of serving warm milk to taste. Then strain the drink, serve in cups and add a splash of milk to taste.
Benefits of Chai tea with milk
For its content in black tea and milk, and especially in spices, we have an extremely powerful drink, very rich in properties and benefits interesting within a varied, healthy and balanced diet, which in fact can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
We highlight your most important qualities below:
- Great stimulating power : the spices present in this drink exert a powerfully stimulating action, so it is useful to stimulate our organism naturally. In fact, it is appropriate when we need a little stimulation and energy, either because we need to concentrate or activate to study or work, or because we are somewhat tired and fatigued.
- Cardioprotective and preventive of cardiovascular diseases : it is a drink with a high content of flavonoids and catechins, which help to take care of our cardiovascular system and protect our heart. In addition, they favor an adequate blood circulation.
- Anticancer : we are faced with a powerful drink that, being very rich in natural antioxidants, helps to reduce the risk of suffering cancer, acting in turn as a wonderful natural preventive.
- Powerful digestive : when elaborated with digestive spices it is useful for after meals, acting as a stimulant and tonic of the digestive system, suitable in case of slow or heavy digestion.
- Brain Tonic : stimulates the nervous system while increasing the state of concentration and wakefulness. It is therefore very useful to take it in the morning or after eating, but never before going to bed.
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