Masala chai is most famous Indian Beverage that is appreciated almost every region of the country from North to South & East to West. Tea being a favourite gets together morning or evening drink which is followed with Indian snacks or Pakoda. Since ages there has been a lot of experiments made with the humble tea from spices to flavours. But the most famous & favourite to all of them is “Masala Chai”, flavoured tea beverage made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs & served with Love.
As they say the spices that goes into the Masala Chai brings out & adds spice to the conversations. It is not only a favourite drink for tea lovers during Monsoon or Rainy but also is greatly relished all year round. Masala chai has innumerable health benefits: It opens up the blocked sinus & sets your mind free.
Before proceeding to the recipe of the Masala Chai, you must know the brief about the spices along with its importance which are being used in Masala chai. It is in fact a combination of all the Indian Spices/ herbs that are selectively chosen, each having its own flavour & essence that leaves an ever-lasting impact. Irrespective of the base Tea, be it Assam Darjeeling or Kerala teas, the Masalas add that extra kick to any variant of it.
- Cinnamon and cloves are giving a strong warmth to the tea as its highly strong, you should have to use in little amounts.
- Black pepper is often used in Ayurvedic Indian medicine for treating cough, cold & to relax the throat.
- Cardamom is most important spice which brings a flavor to your tea and it works like a cooling agent.
- Ginger is used as a spice as well as an Ayurvedic medicine. Especially Ginger can be used more during the winter season as it gives warmth feeling.
- Basil Leaf is also used as a Ayurvedic medicine which treats from the colds problem and also is considered a healthy ingredient as it is good source of Vitamin K.
The best part of Masala tea is that you can beforehand make the spice powders & keep it in a close tight container. So, whenever you wish to have a twist to your favourite tea then add just ½ a teaspoon of the Masala chai into your tea preparation.
The author is a food columnist & writes blogs & articles related to food & living. Her food chronicles capture her love for delicious and scrumptious dishes she comes across in her travels. Her most favourite healthy snack is samosa, chat which she greatly relishes with her favourite Masala chai