The Indian 'MASALA TEA' and Its Health Benefits!
In India 'Masala Chai' tea blend is the most popular among all teas. On every street corner, Chai Wallahs sell their personal blends, all over the cities of India. This tea is best enjoyed with the milk.
During cold weather and winds, in Europe, mostly coffee, hot milk chocolate and some tea are a good cup for comfort. But in India it is 'Masala chai' which is not just any milk tea.
What is a 'Masala Tea'?
A 'Masala Tea' is a mix of different spices having special Ayurvedic properties, to add a unique flavour to Chai tea.
A Masala chai contains a black tea, water and milk along with some health benefiting spices to warm up.
'Masala Tea' Preparation:
Assam Black tea (granulated) : 2 Tbs
Water : 2 cups
Milk : ¾ cup
Cardamon pods : 2 Green
Cinnamon stick : 1
White pepper : a pinch
Ground ginger : a pinch
Cloves (optional) : 1-2
Sugar as per taste
Fill the pot with the water, keep on slow flame and add the Black tea. Add the smashed cardamon into the water. Also, add the remaining spices and increase the flame. Bring it to a boil and set the flame back down. Let it simmer for 10 mins. Finally add in the milk and sugar and mix well. Strain the tea and fill it into the cups.
Serves: 2-3 Cups
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
What Benefits 'Masala tea' Offers?
Relieves Pain and Inflammation:
Masala chai contitutes a whole array of spices like, clove, cinnamon, elaichi, ginger and tulsi. Every spice have its own individual health benefits. In Masala chai, all spices benefits works in synergy to relieve inflammation. Most important ingredient 'Ginger' have the ability to stop the synthesis of prostaglandins (a major player in the initiation of the inflammation process) to control inflammation.
Another important ingredient is 'Clove'. It has anti-inflammatory compound 'eugenol' that helps to reduce inflammation in the muscles. Together both these spices are very potent painkillers.
Beat The Fatigue: It is a wonderful experience having a hot cup of 'Masala chai' after a long hard day’s work. 'Tannins' contained in this tea revitalizes the body. Moreover, 'caffeine' though present in amall quantity, act as a CNS-stimulant to induce alertness. Combined action of both 'tannins' and 'caffeine' acts as the best way to drive away fatigue.
Relieves cold and flu:
Masala chai is infused with the goodness of all spices to improves immune defence system and keep common infections at bay. All its constituent spices have the antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. Also, the immune boosting effects of clove, cinnamon, elaichi and ginger helps to keep coughs and colds at bay.
'Chai' on its own is highly acidic in nature. On adding ginger as a condiment it becomes a 'Masala chai', with a great digestive action and in fact cuts out the acidic nature of the tea. Apart from this, clove and elaichi also help to improve digestion by increasing the amount of saliva production and inducing peristalsis (the movement of food down the digestive tract).
Friendly for Heart: 'Black tea', as one of the main constituent of masala chaihas strong anti-oxidant properties. Spices like 'clove' and 'elaichi'help to reduce the amount of plaque formation of arterial blocks by decreasing the amount of bad cholesterol and improving the good cholesterol. The 'tannins' help to regulate heart rate and blood pressure by dilating the blood vessels.
Helps in Weight Loss: An active and good metabolism is usually associated with improving digestive system and weight loss. 'Ayurveda' also confirms the 'tea' role as a heat generating food and speeding up metabolism.
Controls Diabetes: Spices like 'clove', 'cinnamon' and 'elaichi'by increasing the insulin sensitivity in the bodyare known to prevent diabetes and lowering one’s blood sugar levels. 'Cinnamon' helps to keep the mind sharp and prevent the onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s, while 'clove' can help body to better utilize sugars.
Relieves Pre-menstrual Syndromes (PMS):
As a natural friend to fight the symptoms of PMS, 'Masala chai'helps to relax muscles and calm nerves for a happy mood. As potent painkillers, elaichi, clove and cinnamon help to deal with the painful periods.
The 'Masala tea' blend at 'getmytea' is exceptionally aromatic and richly spiced, offering exotic taste and health benefits right in your cup.
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