Masala Chai, the first Chai I had aside from drinking Typhoo and Popping Boba was creamy and delicious! Like any other Chai, Masala Chai has a strng mixed-spices aroma that can spread and fill the entire room. In fact, Masala Chai has been around for thousands of years. Untill today, it has been becoming a popular drink for tea lovers. Want to find out more about Masala Chai? Come with me!
Masala Chai History
As Masala Chai expert Lindsey describes,
“Masala chai’s history began thousands of years ago in an ancient royal court. Some legends say it was created 9000 years ago, while others say it was 5000 years ago.
Even early on, masala chai was made with a wide range of spices and prepared with many different methods. It was served hot or cold as a remedy for mild ailments. At this time, the spicy-sweet drink known as “masala chai” did not contain any tea leaves and was caffeine free.
In 1835, the British set up tea plantations in Assam, India. The black teas produced there made their way into local masala chai recipes. This is the first appearance of masala chai as we know it, complete with spices, milk, sweetener and tea. However, this mixture lacked mass appeal, as tea was primarily an export and was too expensive for most Indians.
In the early 1900s, when the British-owned Indian Tea Association began to promote Indian tea consumption within India. Because black tea was the most expensive ingredient, vendors used milk, sugar and spices to keep their brews flavorful while keeping costs down. Masala chai’s popularity spread.”
Guess what, I would want to try the Masala Chai without the caffeine content to see if it might tastes differently than the one in our modern times!
Regards to Masala Tea’s benefits, this thousands-of-years old tea does has a bit to offer.
Masala Chai Benefits
Base on what Masala Tea lover Nathania describes, Masala Tea has the following benefits.
Black Tea Properties
The black tea common in chai is one of four main types of tea. Black tea is made from fully oxidized Camellia sinensis leaves, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. The oxidation process results in large amounts of the plant-based flavonoid chemicals, known as thearubigins and theaflavins, yet small amounts of the flavonoid referred to as catechin. Flavonoids are antioxidants that prevent damage from harmful free radicals. Drinking black tea each day may contribute to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease and some cancers in humans.
Herb and Spice Benefits
The fennel and spices frequently featured in chai are known for their overall ability to help promote better digestive health. For example, black pepper stimulates the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid required for breaking down food, while fennel inhibits bacteria that cause gas and cloves refresh your mouth and throat, according to the college. Like black tea, cinnamon is also a health-protecting antioxidant, and ginger is a recognized anti-nausea remedy that soothes the stomach.
That’s right, this tea not only tastes good, but is very beneficial to your body. I am curious; Wouldn’t you want to know what are all the ingredients in Masala Chai when you are drinking one? I would! That’s all I was wondering when I was drinking Masala Chai the first time!
Masala Chai Ingredients
According to the tea artist Candie,
ingredients and methods for preparing chai vary with each family – there is no wrong way to prepare it. The most commonly used ingredients include;
Cardamom –Green cardamom is what you want for chai. To attain the full flavor of cardamom you should heat it in a hot pan, stirring constantly until the aroma strengthens.
Cinnamon – A common spice but usually used in a ground form.
Cloves – Cloves are another commonly used spice but only whole cloves should be used for chai.
Pepper – Pepper is available in black, white and green varieties.
Ginger –Ginger has a pungent, almost citrus flavor with warming effects.
Ajwain – A relative of caraway, it offers pungent and bitter seeds that are used to aid in digestion.
Allspice – Allspice is aptly named because it tastes like a combination of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Wouldn’t you want to agree with me that Masala Tea is really a stage of art? With all these awesome healthy ingredients mixing together, no wonder this tea tastes so good! Wait, want to know how the guru makes his Masala Chai? You are in a treat!
How To Brew A Delicious Cup Of Masala Chai
Here is how Guru Dev makes his Masala Chai.
Ingredients(Serving five to seven):
3 or 4 assam tea bags, ( or 3 teaspoon of loose assam tea)
3 inches piece of ginger, peeled and crushed or grated,
1 or 1 and a half stick of cinnamon, loosely crushed,
1 flat tablespoon of black peppercorns (crushed),
1 inch of natural vanilla stick or 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, (optional)
6 or 7 sticks of cloves,
5 pods of green Cardamom (crushed),
2 whole star anise,
1 full teaspoon fennel seeds,
1 full teaspoon aniseed,
a half teaspoon of ground nutmeg brings in a warm, caribbean flavour,
3 or 4 cups of milk,
brown sugar or honey to taste,
3 cups of water.
Place all dry ingredients, except the assam tea, in a sealed container and shake well to blend. Let it stay for a few hours or overnight to ‘mature’.
Bring water to boil. Add the assam tea and boil for 5 minutes. Add masala chai blend from container and boil for 15 minutes then turn down flame and simmer for another 15 minutes. Now add milk of choice and bring again to the boil, watching carefully to ensure chai does not boil over by reducing heat quickly just before it does. Repeat 2 or 3 times. Sweeten with brown sugar or honey to taste. Strain tea and serve hot. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon powder on top. Enjoy!
Are you craving for a cup of Masala Tea by now? I am! I am off to brew a pot of delicious Masala Chai with my Antique Teapot!