Tea Masala/ Masala Chai Latte

Winters have started with cold winds in many parts of world. We all  love to welcome this season with its good and bad parts that happens every year. Snowfall is loved by all and holidays in warm blankets, Ice- skating and Ice skiing are priority things on the list to be done. We all want to feel best at this time. We should take proper care of our immune system to work properly. My secret is a nice mug of Tea —  Masala Tea. It provides warmth to my body to kick-start the day. My husband and I  start our day with a nice cup of masala tea or ginger tea. It’s a must….

Does Tea have more caffeine than coffee?

There is always a debate between Coffee and Tea, which one is better. But I personally believe, its one’s personal taste and choice as one’s develop over a period of years. And caffeine is a naturally occurring drug that’s found in both tea and coffee. Anything taken in limits is key for a healthy life.  As long as you enjoy your beverages in moderation, both coffee and tea are healthy beverages. The Mayo Clinic recommends keeping your caffeine intake below 500 milligrams per day. As a general rule: coffee has about twice as much caffeine as tea. Caffeine levels vary a lot, though, in both beverages. More specifically a cup of:

  • coffee has between 95 and 200 milligrams of caffeine
  • masala tea  has between 67 to 78 milligrams of caffeine
  • black tea has between 14 and 70 milligrams of caffeine
  • green tea has between 24 and 45 milligrams of caffeine
  • white tea has between 6 and 60 milligrams of caffeine

Herbal teas are best and may contain between 0 – 3 % caffeine. Herbal “teas” or Tisanes are any herbal infusions not made from Camellia Sinensis (tea plant). … They are naturally 100% caffeine free.

What spices are in masala tea?

Every household has its own version of Masala Tea and they all taste good in their own way. There is no thumb rule to make Masala Tea Powder. Masala Chai can be made in so many flavors to suit one’s liking. The spices that make up traditional masala chai usually include some combination of five basic spices: cardamomgingercloveblack pepper and cinnamon. Other spices and flavorings may include anisefennelnutmegvanillabay leaves, dry tulsi leaves, dry mint leaves,dry orange peel …..

These spices have lots of benefits and you can have this cup of Masala Chai during Monsoon or Winters to keep your body warm and prevents cold. It is not necessary to prepare the masala every time you make chai. Just prepare it in bulk and store it in a jar. It has a long shelf life.


WHY  SPICES  ARE DRY ROASTED ?

When whole spices are dry roasted on medium to low flame, it has following advantages:

  • Water content in spices is reduced and it increases the shelf life of them.
  • Spices gives out more aroma and its flavours.
  • Dry roasting makes it easier for grinding them into a coarse to fine powder.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1/2 cup of dried ginger powder( sooth/ saunth)
  • 2 tbsp green cardamom
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns ( kali mirch)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cloves (lavang)
  •  11/2 tsp or 2 small sticks of cinnamon ( dalchini)
  • 1 tsp dried tulsi leaves (crushed)

Method

  • In a pan on medium- low heat, dry roast all whole spices. Do not include Ginger powder and Tulsi powder.
  • Hold the handle of pan, and shake/flip, so spices are roasted from all sides. If not comfortable better use a spatula.
  • Give a touch test —  Touch with your fingers spices, if you feel them warm, close the flame. It should take 5 minutes approx.
  • Take them out on a plate for cooling.
  • It hardly takes 2-3 minutes to cool down. Take them into a grinder jar. Grind it into a  coarse powder.
  • Add Ginger powder and crushed Tulsi leaves. Give a pulse and mix all ingredients well. Store in an airtight container for use.

HOW MUCH OF MASALA POWDER TO BE USED ??

Use 1/4 tsp of powder per cup of masala tea. Add when you are boiling/ brewing tea leaves. Then add milk and bring it to a boil. Enjoy a warm mug of masala tea with many health benefits

  • Amazing health benefits of ginger powder worth knowing:Relieves Upset Stomach. Improves Metabolism, Cure for Motion Sickness or Morning Sickness,Perfect Aid for Common Cold. 
  • Health Benefits of Cloves : Contain Important Nutrients, High in Antioxidants, Can Kill Off Bacteria, May Promote Bone Health, May Improve Liver Health. 
  • Health benefits of black pepper: Aids in digestion, May help skin conditions, It is 
     an anti-inflammatory.
  • Cinnamon: It is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower Blood sugar levels, reduce Heart disease risk factors and has a Plethora of other impressive health benefits.
  • Tulsi powder: Health benefits of holy basil, also known as tulsi, include oral care, Relief from respiratory disorders, as well as treatment of Fever, Asthma, Lung disorders, Heart diseases, and Stress.
  •  Benefits of Cardamom, Backed by Science :Antioxidant and Diuretic Properties May Lower Blood Pressure, May Contain Cancer-Fighting Compounds,May Treat Bad Breath and Prevent Cavities, May Have Antibacterial Effects and Treat Infections.

Tips:

Enjoy a warm cup of Masala tea with a favorite book in your hand.

  • Masala is prepared from the spices which are regularly used in our kitchen. You can omit or take more according to one’s  taste and availability.
  • All spices are needed to be first dry roast, so to remove moisture content and increase shelf life.
  • Store in air -tight container. It stays good over a long period of 2-3 months. But aroma decreases with long period of time but it stays good.
  • You will get all spices in Indian store. I have used dry ginger powder  also known as ”soothe/ saunth” in local indian language.
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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Jyo says:

    That’s a great share Rita…and a masala tea is warm hug for the brain ☕👍😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Jyo, rightfully said…☺, It seems you are also a tea lover.Thank you

      Like

  2. mistimaan says:

    Nice

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Megala says:

    Wonderful share! Thanks for sharing such an informative post and the recipe for masala chai.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Thank you Megala for your kind words and for stopping by.😃

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Liz says:

    I adore masala tea. I have a huge mug of masala tea right here with me. I am sipping slowly and watching the rain fly by my French doors. I make my masala with cardamom, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and sometimes dry mint leaves. Thanks for this beautiful post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Hey Liz, Today we are also having rain since last night. I am also with my masala tea ☕

      Like

  5. Sandhya says:

    I love masala chai and can almost smell the aroma of your fresh chai masala!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Thank you Sandhya, we can enjoy masala tea together ☕☕

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sandhya says:

        Absolutely! I would love to!

        Liked by 1 person

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