Whether it’s summer or winter, morning or evening, there is nothing more comforting than hands wrapped around a cup of ‘chai’. It is the way of many people to kick-start their day in India and many other places in the world. The only thing that remains constant when you travel across India, is the chai walas.
You will find varieties of tea selected by people based on their taste. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that tea-lovers are very picky about their cup of chai and how it is prepared. Some enjoy their cup with the full-fat milk, while others like it with skim-milk, some prefer green tea, and some like it with extra sugar.
But do you like the concept of Indian spices mixed with tea? As many know, India has been famous for its spices worldwide for a very long time. And combining tea with various Indian spices brings us to the mind-boggling taste of “masala chai”. Even people who like masala chai contain more divisions. Some enjoy their cup flavored only with fresh ginger while others prefer a whole range of spices to be cooked along with the milk and tea, bringing an aroma to their cup of tea.
Let’s look at more details on the spices used in masala chai!
The street vendors or commonly known as chai-wallas uses their own unique blend of chai spices. The most common spices used in making masala chai are Tulsi, fresh ginger, cardamom pods (ilaayachee), cinnamon (daalacheene), cloves, peppercorns, nutmeg (jaayaphal), and star anise (chakra phool).
Now, you know what spices are added to the masala chai… But do you know the benefits of them?
Tulsi which is very common growing as easy to found in Indian household. This herb have great cultural significance but its flavor speaks a lot too. Add the tulsi leaves while boiling the tea so that its flavor and beneficial substance integrates with the chai. On the other hand, Cardamom has a refreshing flavor that can boost the taste of tea. You can simply crush the seeds or crack the pod to open and add while boiling the tea.
The black peppercorns are used for its remedial purpose for a sore throat and usually preferred as a morning tea ingredient. But if you want to add some magical fragrance to your tea, add cinnamon. However, it is a strong spice, used sparingly. As it gives warmth to the body, it is a great spice to be used in the winters.
We have talked about many spices and their benefits when added to the tea. But how can any tea be perfect unless the king of spices is not added- Yes, Ginger. It is used to add flavor at the beginning when water starts to boil so that juice has enough time to grab its taste. Additionally, it is great for sore throat too.
For those who love to add all the spices in their kitchen, below is the recipe which ensures that your cup of chai is perfectly aromatic and strong to sip in.
[This recipe is for 2 cups if you are making more than that do the needful changes]
A perfect cup of MASALA CHAI is ready to serve hot and warm. Take a sip and relish the moment!
You must be wondering if masala chai powder is used, which one will be the best. Well, it actually depends on your taste… Although, we have an amazing addition to the market introducing a unique blend of Masala Chai at Teaflakes, coming soon to add taste to your life with different proportions of Indian spices.
“Life is like a cup of tea, It’s all in how you make it” We would like to hear the innovative recipes that make your cup special. Do share with us below in the comment.