Chai as you probably know, is the name used for 'tea' in many parts of the World but India, in particular, has a great many Chai recipes where the spices used in the recipe are chosen due to their amazing health benefits.
Keep reading for my friend's secret Chai tea recipe & to discover the 'miracle' these spices below .....
My Favourite Chai Tea Recipe
In a large saucepan, add the following ingredients:
- 6 cardamon pods - don't split the pod, leave them whole
- 6 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick - you can use 3 tsp powered cinammon if you can't find a stick
- Quarter inch of fresh ginger - or 3 tsp powered ginger but the final chai won't quite taste the same
- 4-6 black peppercorns - 6 if you like the 'kick' of fresh black pepper
- 7-8 cups of water
Bring everything to the boil with a lid on the pan to prevent water evaporation, then let it simmer for upto 30 minutes - longer if you can - remembering to top up the water if the pan begins to boil dry.
Drink hot with or without milk & an ptional dash of honey. Yum!
The Spice Miracle!
Cinammon - a warming spice that keeps your arteries healthy, regulates blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.
Ginger - proven to help with motion sickness & food poisoning, found to have anti-inflammatory properties & is a natural painkiller amongst many other beneficial properties
Cardamon - a warm spice that improves digestion & enhances appetite, helps in the cleansing & detoxing of the body and is known in Ayurvedic medicine to help balance all three doshas - pitta, kapha & vatta - hence it is known as tridosha.
Cloves - a natural antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal agent. Oil of cloves has been used in a variety of health conditions including indigestion, generalized stress, parasitic infestations, cough, toothaches, headache, and blood impurities
Black Peppercorn - anti-oxidant & anti-bacterial, rich in flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants like carotenes, cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lycopene. These compounds help the body remove harmful free radicals and help protect from cancers and diseases.