Every tea lover likes the tea prepared in a certain specific way. Some enjoy it with full-fat milk while some like it with skimmed milk, and some like their tea with aroma of spices. The characteristic feature of masala chai is the presence of one or more spices in it, giving it a unique soothing and perhaps nutritious quality. Some of the most popular spices that are used to prepare masala chai include ginger, cinnamon, green cardamom (elaichi) and cloves (laung).
Although some people make the spices for their chai, but most of them, due to time constraint, prefer buying the ready masala chai premix, which doesn't fail to give the tea a very homely touch.
Here Are A Few Options For Ready Chai Masala Mix For You:
Spice Drop Chai Masala (Tea Masala) Extract: All you need to do is add a drop or two in your chai and enjoy a perfect cup of masala chai.
Chaayos- Instant Tea Premix Sachets: It needs nothing but a cup of hot water. Just open the satchet and mix it to get a perfect cup of masala tea.
Octavius No Added Sugar Indian Masala Ready Tea: It can be a perfect companion for your on-the-go tea cravings. The best part is, this tea needs no brewing or steeping- just mix and sip your favourite cup of tea.
Health Benefits Of Masala Chai:
Masala chai is very effective in regulating digestive system. The strong spices in the masala (such as ginger and black pepper) are largely responsible for this as they help produce digestive enzymes that work as catalysts to speed up digestive processes and break down fats and proteins.
Relieves Aches and Pains:
Cloves and ginger in the masala of the chai are said to have anti-inflammatory properties, which help in relieving severe pains by increased circulation that delivers oxygen-rich blood cells to areas with aches and ease the symptoms.
May Improve Heart Health:
Many studies have shown that cinnamon, a very common ingredient in the masala of the chai, might help lowering the bad cholesterol and blood pressure, thus improving overall heart health.
How To Make A Perfect Cup Of Masala Chai:
Serves: 2 cups
1.5 cup of Water
1 cup of Milk
1.5 tsp of Black tea
2 tsp masala mix
1. In a pan, boil the water and milk together. Add the masala mix.
2. When it starts boiling (and not before that), add the tea leaves. Amount may vary as per your taste
3. Continue boiling on low heat till the colour starts changing and the consistency becomes a little less watery (another 2-3 minutes).
4. Strain and serve hot.
Sip the chai and keep all the stress in life at bay!
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