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Chai Masala Latte


A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to have the best most flavorful Chai Masala Latte ever! I’d previously had what I thought was good from the local chain café’s where the chai comes from a carton. But let me tell you freshly made chai is like a symphony of flavors in a cup. The bonus is that chai masala is very good for you.

 

Originating from India, chai masala is a blend of spices that transforms a simple cup of tea into a flavorful and comforting experience. Chai, the Hindi word for tea, has been a staple in Indian culture for centuries. The tradition of adding spices to tea can be traced back to ancient Ayurvedic practices, where spices were believed to have various health benefits. Over time, this tradition evolved, and chai masala became an integral part of Indian households. The beauty of chai masala lies in its diverse blend of spices, each contributing its unique flavor profile. While there is no fixed recipe, common ingredients include:

 

Cardamom: Known for its sweet and aromatic flavor, cardamom adds a delightful touch to chai. Research suggests that cardamom may help lower blood pressure and improve overall heart health.

 

Cloves: Cloves contain compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, potentially aiding in reducing inflammation in the body.

 

Cinnamon: The warm and slightly sweet notes of cinnamon complement the other spices in chai masala. With their strong and pungent flavor, cloves provide depth and complexity to the spice blend. Cloves contain compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, potentially aiding in reducing inflammation in the body.

 

Ginger: Fresh or dried, ginger adds a spicy kick and warmth to the chai. Ginger is known for its digestive properties, ginger can help alleviate indigestion, nausea, and bloating.

 

Black Pepper: A hint of black pepper adds a subtle heat, balancing the sweetness of the other spices. Piperine found in black pepper, has been associated with potential metabolism-boosting effects.

 

In conclusion, Chai Masala Latte is a delicious drink with health benefits! Have yourself a cup today.


Teresa

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