One of the most popular concoctions of tea, Masala Chai – a combination of black tea and milk with a heady combination of herbs and spices is how most Indians, like me, start their day.
Masala Chai is available everywhere – from the roadside chai stalls to the upper crust restaurants across the country. Homes, offices, weddings, events, meetings – nothing would be complete with cups of masala tea. Like we say it is always tea time in India.
Masala Chai is made of black tea which is full of antioxidants. Black tea is known to protect good cholesterol, prevent cardiovascular diseases, and reduce stress levels. It has properties that fight viral and even cancer.
The herbs and spices used in masala chai are individually beneficial for our body too. Therefore, a cup of tea with one or more of these spices adds to the benefits of black tea.
Let’s look at some of the spices & herbs used and how they help our body.
Ginger is my favorite spice and one of the most popular ingredients for masala chai. It lends a delightful taste and provides warmth to the body. Ginger also aids in digestion, improves blood circulation, boosts the immune system and is known to reduce inflammation.
Ginger helps in reducing nausea and vomiting and even rids the discomfort of motion sickness and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Ginger and black tea is a great combination to fight the common cold, flu, and sore throats.
A popular spice in Indian and Chinese medicine, cardamom benefits the lungs, kidneys, and the heart. It not only detoxifies the body, but the aroma and flavor that cardamom adds to a cup of masala chai can elevate your mood.
Cinnamon is not only a great aphrodisiac but also a brilliant addition to all foods, especially desserts. Nothing tastes better than cinnamon buns with a cup tea. Cinnamon a popular aphrodisiac, when added to tea, helps regulate blood sugar levels, especially for diabetics. Cinnamon is known to increases awareness and vitality and reduces fatigue.
Fennel blends very smoothly with other spices in masala chai and adds a subtle flavor. Fennel provides vitamin C, potassium & fiber to the body. A great source of antioxidant, some say fennel also may prevent cancer.
While I don’t partake in adding black pepper to my cup of masala chai, some people enjoy a cup of tea with the addition of black peppercorns. Black pepper has the ability to support the pancreas in secreting digestive enzymes that help in faster digestion of fats and protein. Black pepper prevents fat accumulation and also has a great effect on our metabolism.
Another great addition that really enhances the flavor of masala chai, cloves have pain-relieving and antiseptic attributes.
Adding spices to a cup of black tea is something most Indians have grown up doing. These spices hidden inside a cup of chai are believed to be a cure any and every problems. There is Ayurvedic evidence that proves that the above spices help to revitalize your body and calming your mind.
Get yourself the Milky One and brew yourself a cup of Masala chai. Trust us, the aroma of the spices when the tea is being prepared is just true bliss.