Originating in India, Tibet, Nepal and Pakistan, the making of chai tea dates back more than 5,000 years. Ancient legends say that it was invented by a king in pursuit of a healing beverage. Indeed, the homemade chai tea was highly guarded as if it were a treasure. Often used in Ayurveda medicine, chai tea benefits soon became popular throughout south Asia and other continents. Likewise, in several Eurasian languages, chai or cha is the word for tea.
Chai Tea Benefits Health
Homemade chai tea is high in antioxidants. Some studies show that chai tea benefits the health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, protecting cells from free radicals that may cause cancer, reduces Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. To get the full chai tea benefits it is suggested to make it with green tea, use minimal sweetener and organic grain milk like rice or soy.
This recipe is very similar to the Traditional Homemade Chai Tea from India. However, some customary recipes use fennel. This homemade chai tea recipe originated from my entrepreneur and resourceful daughter whose specializes in everything that has to do with tea.
- * 2 Cup filtered water
- * 3 cloves
- * 1 star anise
- * 2 cinnamon sticks
- * 4 black peppercorns
- * 1 fresh ginger (1 inch) sliced
- * 16-24 cardamom seeds (2-3 pods) depending on how strong you like it
- * 2-4 TBSP honey (optional and to taste)
- * 2 Cup whole milk (organic) can use rice, soy or almond milk
- * 6” square cheesecloth (optional)
- * 4 bags green, black or yerba matte tea (6-8 teaspoons loose tea)
- Bruise you cardamom pods to expose the seeds inside. This can be done by hitting them with the back of a spoon. Note: the seeds and pods are both used
- Place all spices in the cheesecloth except the cinnamon. Making a pouch, tie the cheesecloth shut with kitchen twine. You will need a good strainer if you do not use cheesecloth
- Place water in medium size pan and then add spice pouch and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium. Add tea and cover. If using loose tea, place in tea strainer or cheesecloth before adding. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, depending how strong you like your chai. Add honey. Cool
- If you did not use cheesecloth strain the spices
- To serve, mix 1 part chai mixture to 1 part milk of choice. Heat slowly or serve cold. Enjoy का आनंद लें
- Diet Type: Vegetarian
- Diet Tags: Gluten Free
- Culinary Tradition: Middle Eastern
- * This post is dedicated to my creative daughter Natasha Eve Cheshier, the tea expert
A Fine Cup of Chai Tea
What better way to sip Chai tea than in a nice cup… revel & enjoy the pleasure!
And then there was more…………………
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