With Autumn upon us and the days starting to get shorter in preparation for winter, I love to sit cozy in my apartment with a nourishing book and a hot cup of Masala Chai. It’s hard not to feel inspired, creative, and invigorated on a deep level with the medicinal warming spices. Chai is a generic word for “tea” in Hindi, and Masala simply means “a blend of spices”. Chai is seeped in its own cultural history dating back over 5,000 years ago and has always been a staple beverage in Indian households.
Benefits of Masala Chai: Black tea itself contains powerful antioxidants while Masala’s used such as Ginger, Cardamom, Fennel, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, and Nutmeg all have medicinal Ayurvedic properties. Fennel and Cardamom are digestive aides along with Ginger which is also used to fight off colds and flu’s. My mom use to give me a mixture of Turmeric, Ginger, and Honey as a kid when I had a sore throat. Cinnamon works to invigorate our nervous system and reduce tension while Nutmeg has a warming quality and serves as an aphrodisiac. All these spices work to aide in the digestive process.
Masala Chai Recipe: (Makes 1 Cup)
1/2 cup Organic Almond Milk or milk of choice
1/2 cup water
1-2 tsp. honey or favorite sweetener
1 tsp. black tea loose leaves
2 whole green cardamom pods, smashed
1-2 thin slices fresh ginger
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp. nutmeg, grated
2 whole black peppercorns
1/4th tsp. fennel
1.Boil water and milk.
2.Add sweetener, tea leaves and masalas until the mixture becomes dark (about 5-10 minutes).
3.The longer you boil, the stronger the chai.
4.Strain into teacups to serve.