Indian Masala chai is a tasty cup of health!
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 3 minutes
Category: Spice tea
Cuisine: North Indian
Serves: 2 cups
- 1 cups milk
- 11/4 cup water
- 3 tsps tea leaves
- 1 tsp Aniseed/ Saunf / fennel seeds
- 4 green cardamoms , crushed
- 4 cloves, whole
- 1″ cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp ginger, fresh, finely grated
- 6 black peppercorns ,crushed
- 2 tsp sugar
- 6 Basil leaves, fresh
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
Heat in a pan water and milk.
Add tea leaves, crushed cardamoms , nutmeg powder,cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger , black peppercorns and Basil leaves boil for 3 minutes.
Strain. Add sugar, mix, and serve hot with doughnuts or hot Cheese kebabs!
Health benefits of Indian Masala Chai:
Anti inflammatory: Masala chai is made up of a whole array of spices – clove, cinnamon, elaichi, ginger and tulsi. All these spices have their own individual health benefits but what makes masala chai perfect to beat inflammation is the fact that all the benefits of these spices work in synergy to help your body. One of the most important ingredients that helps with inflammation is ginger.Another component that makes masala chai a great tool to reduce inflammation is clove. Known to be packed with compound eugenol, clove is great when it comes to reducing inflammation in the muscles of the body. To add to that both these spices are very potent painkillers.
Beats fatigue: For some the best thing after a long, hard day’s work is a hot cup of masala chai. Wondering why? Well, the tannins present in tea help calm the body and revitalize it. Moreover tea contains caffeine – a stimulant. Albeit in a much lesser quantity when compared to coffee, but it has the same uplifting effect as a cuppa. This combination of spices (that helps beat fatigue) combined with a stimulant like caffeine acts as the best way to drive away fatigue. The effects of masala chai are so well known that even Olympic athletes resort to the drink as a ‘banned-substance-safe’ pick-me-up
Fights cold and flu: Believed to strengthen the immune system and keep common infections at bay, masala chai is infused with the goodness of all the antibacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic properties of its constituent spices. Moreover the immune boosting effects of clove, cinnamon, elaichi / green cardamom and ginger makes masala chai a great way to keep coughs and colds at bay.
Improves digestion: Wondering how that is possible? Well, according to Mickey Mehta, holistic guru, ‘Masala chai contains spices like clove, tulsi / Basil, ginger and elaichi / Green Crdamom. What makes it great for people is that chai on its own is highly acidic in nature but when you add ginger to it making it masala chai, it becomes a great digestive and in fact cuts out the acidic nature of the tea.
Prevents diabetes: Clove, cinnamon and elaichi are both known to help prevent diabetes by increasing the insulin sensitivity in the body and lowering one’s blood sugar levels. Cinnamon is known to keep the mind sharp and prevent the onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s and clove can help your body better utilize sugars.
Boosts metabolism: Having a good and active metabolism is usually associated with weight loss, but did you know that a good metabolism is also responsible for other things like helping your body digest and use food more efficiently. Being an essential part of your health, drinking chai also ensures your entire digestive system is in top condition. Moreover in Ayurveda, tea is known as a heat generating food and therefore helps speed up your metabolism.
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