Ricky has had cold & cough for few days now and nothing seemed to be helping. I find myself turning to natural remedies when nothing else works. He is a tea lover so I drove to a nearby store first thing in the morning with a mission to make him a masala chai. Chai literally means tea to much of the world and you can easily try one at a local Indian or Pakistani restaurant.
Lot of people are sick around me so I thought this would be a perfect post to share and remind us of benefits of natural spices that are easily available
Makes one serving
1.5 cup water
1 Black cardamom
1 tbls grated fresh ginger
1 1-inch cinnamon stick
0.5 cup milk
1.5 teaspoons loose black tea leaves
Sweetener, to taste (I prefer sugar)
Cinnamon stick, cloves, black cardamom – I like to grind these in coffee grinder or you can use a rolling pin to break these down in smaller pieces.
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, ginger & the masala/spice (cardamom, cinnamon stick and clove). These are available in any grocery store close to you.
Black Cardamom Cinnamon stick Cloves
- Bring all the ingredients to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for about 3-4 minutes until the mixture is fragrant.
- Add tea leaves, and simmer for another 2 minutes, add the milk & sweetener and let it boil few times.
- This is how it will look after adding milk and boiling. You can add more tea leaves if you prefer yours stronger.
- Now turn off the heat and pour into a cup through a fine mesh sieve.
- Discard the leaves and spices and enjoy your steaming cup of tea.
Did you know Starbucks carries spiced chai too? Order chai tea latte…its delicious and offers same benefits!