Chai is the word for tea in India, and there is nothing quite like the fragrance and flavour of chai made from scratch. This is a delicious, detoxifying drink. Do something good for your body by taking the time to make your own chai. Keep reading to learn about the health benefits of homemade chai.
- 2 cups water
- 2 inch stick of cinnamon
- 6 whole cardamom pods
- 8 whole cloves
- 6 whole black peppercorns
- Fresh ginger, grated, with skin removed
- Honey and soy milk to taste (optional)
Place water, cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves and black pepper in a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add honey and soy milk to taste, and return to a gentle boil. Traditionally Indian Chai Tea recipes add black tea at this stage, however it is more detoxifying without.Let steep for two minutes, this will bring out the colour and the flavour. Then simply strain and serve. Makes 2 servings.
Health Benefits of Chai Tea
There are many health benefits to this delicious Indian recipe. Cinnamon, for example, has the ability to lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also be consumed to treat yeast infections, and has an anti-clotting effect on the blood. The aromatic spice is also a great source of manganese, iron, fibre and calcium.
Fragrant and spicy cardamom has a calming effect on the digestive tract, and can be used to treat indigestion. Cardamom also is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and anti-oxidant. The exotic spice is also rich in minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. It also contains vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C.
Cloves are rich in minerals and vitamins, and also have the properties of an anti-fungal, anesthetic, and aphrodisiac. Studies also show promise of cloves containing cancer-fighting properties.
Black pepper aids digestion, and has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and diuretic properties.
New Variations on a Classic
For added health benefits add half a teaspoon of fennel seeds.Fennel seeds are rich in minerals like magnesium, and ease digestion.