Chai is steeped in a rich history. The name “chai” is actually the Hindi word for “tea”. In this case, the Hindi term chai means a mix of spices steeped into a tea-like beverage. Recipes for chai vary across continents, cultures, towns and families. But the traditional ingredients of a spiced tea blend usually include black tea mixed with strong spices, like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and black peppercorns.
The spiced tea mixture is typically brewed strong with milk and sweetened with sugar or honey. However, the milky sweet tea treat we order in coffee and tea shops today has very little in common with the origins of Indian chai.
- Indian Chai teas help improve metabolism and prevent bloating
- For one thing, chai’s black-tea base is rich in powerful antioxidants
For Best Results:
- Put 1 teaspoon (3g) in a hot cup of water
- Let it rest for 2 minutes before drinking
- When finished, you may eat the remaining fruits
Note: Tea can be drunk hot or cold and the infusion can be used for a variety of deserts