Coffee may be one of the most consumed beverages in the world but for most Indians, it’s a nice cup of fresh tea/chai. The simple ritual of drinking a warm cup of tea feels like it balances the chaos of our busy lifestyle.
The word chai simply means tea in India and masala chai refers to spiced tea. The preparation of masala chai may vary from region to region in India. It’s a unique combination of aromatic spices known toAyurveda to calm and vitalise the body and help aid digestion. A typical masala chai consists of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, black pepper and ginger. As mentioned above different versions may include tulsi, saunf (fennel seeds), nutmeg, rose petals etc.
Interestingly the original recipe was just a fusion made from the above base spices (water brewed infusion). Black tea was introduced much later but it still holds Ayurveda healing properties.
Modern version of masala chai is prepared using whole milk, water, tea and spices. The milk is boiled along with other ingredients. This way of cooking helps digest milk more easily. Ayurveda suggests, if you are troubled by sluggish digestion, constipation, gas or are sensitive to dairy products to avoid milk and sugar.
To make it healthier, cut down the calories by using light milk and raw sugar or date sugar.