original recipe, history and properties of the Indian drink

Black tea, spices and milk make up the famous Masala Chai. But do you know how to prepare it with the original recipe and what are its properties?

Only recently what for a long time was a purely Indian traditional drink, Masala Chai, has reached the palates of the whole world. This was possible thanks to the big ones coffee chainsbut going to the discovery of origins of this recipe, you will find that it is very different from the one we got to try in the West. The Masala Chai boasts a millenary tradition and is considered, due to its multiple properties, an Ayurvedic drink. Let’s discover together the original recipe, the history and the properties of this elixir.

Masala Chai
Masala Chai

The origin of Masala Chai between history and legend

The birth of Masala Chai is lost in time. According to some it dates back to over 9000 years ago, while for others we have to go back in time “only” 5000 years. It is said that it was a king who asked for its preparation, mixing spices and tea leaves to take advantage of it healing power. In fact, however, we have to get to 1800 and to the English domination to have more precise information.

In fact, the creation of the tea plantations. However, it should be borne in mind that in those days the leaves so loved by the British were a luxury goodtherefore closed to the local population. The few quantities available were mixed with spices, milk and copious doses of sweetener and made into what is now known as Masala Chai.

The term Masala in fact it means any spice blendWhile Chai and the land. In India, in fact, the drink is known simply as chai and is served in small cups (or even in saucers to help cool it) on all street corners and even on trains. You will never taste two chai the same because a small variation between the proportions of the spices is enough to obtain different results.

Today, Indian Masala Chai has remained faithful to tradition while the same cannot be said of the beverages served by Western cafes. Therefore, the only way to try authentic chai is to prepare it at home by following the advice we are about to give you!

How to make Masala Chai with the original recipe

  1. First lightly crush the seeds cardamom. If you don’t have a mortar, you can crush them by placing a knife blade flat.
  2. Put all the spices in a saucepan withwaterkeeping the tea leaves aside and bring to a boil for the next 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat, add the leaves land and leave them to infuse for 5 minutes.
  4. Heat aside the latte.
  5. Filter the tea and distribute it in four cups, then complete with the milk and sweeten to taste.

Masala Chai can be enjoyed with both sweet and savory dishes. Indians love to accompany it with gods very spicy savory fried foods for example, but also with biscuits and sweets.

Masala Chai: properties

Being a blend of black tea (also green in some regions) and spices, the properties of Masala Chai vary. In general, according to the principles of Ayurveda, it is excellent for promoting the awakening, thanks to the presence of caffeine; ginger and black pepper instead help digestion. Ginger also has the ability to reduce the feeling of nausearelieve i pains and reduce the inflammations.

Ginger and cardamom then reinforce the immune system because above all the latter contains high doses of vitamin C. A strong power is always attributed to spices antioxidantuseful for counteracting cellular aging and fighting free radicals.

In short, sipping a cup of chai is not only a pleasure for the palate, but also a panacea for our body.

To discover other Ayurvedic drinks, try the golden milk!

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