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Chai Masala

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Introduction to Chai tea

One tradition of the people in India is to serve their guests with tea or what they call “chai tea”. Indians refer to unexpected visitors as “emissaries of gods” so when visitors arrive, you have to serve them, especially chai. Chai is a well-known sweetened spice tea from India. It’s the perfect drink for Indians as well as people from tropical parts of the globe. This is because hot tea triggers the body’s cooling reflexes that help bring the body temperature down so they can still work well despite the intense climate.

white ceramic cup with chai tea
a nice looking cup of chai tea

Where does Chai come from?

Indians love to drink chai mostly twice a day just like British people, the latter has been known to have foisted teas in India, from China to Britain, then from Britain to India, and now the whole world, though in India about half the percent of people are drinking coffee.

In Bombay, chai tea is popular to be very strong and lots of street vendors serve and sell chai made with a strong flavor.

What is Chai tea made up of?

The standard is served half “cutting chai,” because it tends to be very powerful. If you are using whole spices, you should weigh out the right amount of the ingredients, and place in a spice grinder till comes to a consistency of fine powder, some people like to grind the spices individually but others grind them together and then stored in an airtight container and this mixture is called Masala. There are many ways to make chai, some start off by boiling all the ingredients in sequence, and others just stir the tea 3 times in a clockwise direction or circles, some may also just put all the ingredients and let the mixture to come to a boil.

How to brew Chai tea

When using loose-leaf tea, it is needed to be strained now once fully brewed. Pour ingredients in the saucepan (if available the spouted type of saucepan is the best choice to use because it will lessen the spilling of tea).  Turn on the stove to medium heat.  Allow simmering until bubbles (small) appear on the milk. Stir the chai continuously, while the milk is boiling scrape the bottom so there would not be any burnt mixture, filming as well, when the milk comes to boil, turn off the heat and stir.  Bring to a boil again, stir well.  Allow the tea to steep for a few minutes, and then it must be strained.

Household Chai customizations

Every household has different types of flavorings and preparation for chai, even in culinary cooking in India, every kitchen has special varieties to offer not on in tasty foods but also drinks and personalities. Chai Masala is very easy to prepare and you can choose what ingredient you would like to add or lessen depending on what you like best. So why not try and taste, you are encouraged to try and even experiment on your own to come up with the perfect spicy flavor you like the most. This is a wonderful treat that will soothe your palette’s craving for something extraordinaire.

Chai Green Tea

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Looking for that Chai flavor with a twist on the traditional mix? Look no further as we have just added Chai Green Tea to our teas. This tea is amazing and the flavor notes will remind you of Chai but the soothing flavor of green creates a nice base for this tea. Blended with your traditional Chai inclusions this tea will be sure to be one of your favorites.

Best if steeped at 180 ° for 2-5 minutes.

Ingredients:  cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pods, cloves, natural spice flavors, green tea

Spicy Chai Apple

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A clean indian chai flavored is mixed perfectly with the time honored flavor of ripe apples to create a wonderful flavor with this cup of tea. The classic chai flavors are still present with the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and clove flavors all working in perfect harmony to create a flavor mixture that is really unmatched.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Black tea mixed with cinnamon bark, cardamom pods, dried orange peels, ginger root, pieces of apple, and infused with cinnamon and apple natural flavors.

Masala Chai Tea

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 Get Acquainted with Masala Chai

Most people have a common confusion in the word “chai”. They know that “chai” is composed of Indian spices like cinnamon and cardamom. But on the other hand, chai is an Indian word for just tea alone and it can be served with or without milk, sugar or other sweeteners. While the word “masala” is an Indian word that stands for “a blend of spices”. So plainly, Masala Chai means Spiced Tea and we have one amazing take on this tea here spicy chai tea .

full-filled tea mug
i love chai too

Masala chai tea is usually prepared by decoction, powdered mixes or in tea bags. Like other teas, Masala chai also gains popularity in many countries now and gets featured in many tea house and cafeteria all over the world. Masala Chai is an Indian drink, a combination of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and other spices. Its fresh flavor and balmy fragrance tempts you to taste its one-of-a-kind cup of spiced ingredients.

The comforting aroma of Masala Chai makes itself to be on the favorite tea drinks list of people especially in India. Talking about its health benefits, surely Masala chai have a face to front with other regular teas we have encountered. Each of Masala Chai’s ingredients is used for medical purposes and can really give a numerous health advantages. One sad part of having Masala chai is that you need almost a tablespoon of sugar per cup to enhance the savor of the spices. Plus the factor that balancing the additional milk and honey can bring you some calories.

black tea with some spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and clove compose the Masala Chai. It is also mixed together with milk and honey to create a creamy and sweet tasting beverage. In other places, they usually used sugar instead of honey but few are likely to use dairy as an alternative like rice milk or soy milk. There is also a variation in utilizing milk ingredients. Some are choosing a higher amount of milk in their tea and others are in favor for a higher concentration of tea.

Chai Benefits

Black tea, which is the base of Masala Chai have been studied to be effective in lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure for it is rich in antioxidants. It is also proven that antioxidants are helpful to prevent heart diseases and cancers. However, chai is not a great choice for persons who are highly sensitive in caffeine. It can also be unsafe for people who have heartburn and ulcer.

Spices in Chai Tea

The different spices that makes up Masala chai are long been used as medicines for centuries and is verified to be healthy. Here is the list of the spices with its health benefits.

  1. Cinnamon – It is common refreshment and is used to cure cough, sore throats and arthritis.
  2. Cardamom – It aids indigestion and helps your nervous system to be calm.
  3. Clove – It is used as an energizing ingredients and can encourage good blood circulation.
  4. Ginger – It relieves cold, sore throat, stomachache and flu symptoms.
  5. Pepper – It upholds good digestion.

The use of milk and honey or sugar instead can also be beneficial for an individual’s health. Masala Chai cannot be as healthy as the ideal proper diet that many nutritionists have been recommending but it can surely be beneficial for everyone who are not only using it in medicinal purposes but also for those who are enjoying drinking it as a tasty beverage.

Our favorite chai

One of our recent additions is our tangy thai chai tea seen here:

Vanilla Rooibos Chai

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A great mix for those chai lovers wanting to try another blend out. With this rooibos based blend you get the same caffeine free red cup but with an unexpected flavor combination usually reserved for chai lovers.

With the loud flavors of your typical Masala chai paired with subtle hints of vanilla this cup of tea will really take your taste buds for a ride. Another great mix to try hot or cold as the loud notes come through great either way you serve it.

Best if steeped for 7-10 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Red rooibos tea with ginger root, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods, cloves, dried orange peels, and natural vanilla flavors.

Spicy Chai

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If you are new to Chai teas, or an experience Chai drinker, you will want to take a taste of this mix as it has very similar flavor profile. Just brewing this blend up will release the amazing smells of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and pieces of orange skin into the air.

Brew it by itself or add a bit of heavy milk and sweetener and be well on your way to Chai central!

Best if steeped for 3 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Black tea infused with natural spice flavors mixed with cinnamon bark, ginger root, cloves, dried orange peels and cardamom pods.