Indian Masala Chai
As I spent one month in India for my Yoga Teacher Training, I had lots of delicious indian food. I loved all the spices they are using, it makes the food so tasty, aromatic and healing. Moreover I could actually feel how good these were for my body. My digestion improved significantly during my time there, I had no more problems with bloating and my belly felt great after each meal.
In every café and restaurant in India you get Masala Chai and it quickly became my favorite drink there. “Chai” simply means tea in India and “masala” stands for a composition of spices. I’ve always liked chai tea and chai latte but it is actually quite different to the original indian version. The main difference is that the tea is cooked with fresh spices and that finally milk is being boiled with it and not just added cold in the end as in the British tea + milk combination.
All the spices that make up masala chai not only have their individual health benefits but they work in synergy to help your body in preventing any inflammation. It is infused with the goodness of antibacterial and immunity boosting spices like ginger, cinnamon and cloves that keep coughs and colds at bay. Additionally masala chai beats fatigue, rejuvenates you and improves digestion.
At our Yoga centre we got freshly cooked masala chai every day and I was lucky to have a cooking class where we learned how to make it. It is very simple and so much worth the extra time of cooking instead of just using a chai tea bag.
Especially now in winter time it is the perfect comfort drink. So get cozy and enjoy! 🙂
I will be sharing some more Indian recipes with you soon!
- 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
- 2 kardamom pods
- 5 cloves
- 1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 1,5 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of organic milk or preferred plantbased milk
- 1 tsp black tea
- coconut sugar or maple syrup to taste (optional)
- Start by peeling and cutting your ginger into small pieces.
- Place all spices in a pot with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and let cook for about 5 minutes. The longer you let it cook, the more intense will be the taste of spices.
- If your using sugar, add it now, give it a stir and then add black tea and milk.
- Bring to a boil again, take the pot from the heat and let it sit covered for a few minutes.
- Pour tea through a strainer into your favorite cup and enjoy!