Six simple and tasty ways to make healthy masala chai (spicy tea)
by Barfi Culture Team

In its literal translation masala chai is simply spiced tea. But it is much more than that. It not just an aromatic concoction, a drink of the gods, the elixir of life.

Masala chai is also incredibly healthy for you. It is usually made with ginger, a powerful anti-inflammatory with lots of antioxidant properties.

Another common ingredient, cinnamon, is ranked top among herbs and spices for its antioxidant levels. Seriously, eat more cinnamon! The same goes for cardamom, cloves and mint - all commonly used in recipes.

The recipe can be fairly straightforward, but we all have different tastes so we looked around for a bit of variety. These are some of the best recipes we found.

So let’s get to them.

Simple Recipe

This is a recipe for beginners from the kitchen of the popular Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Simple, healthy and easy to make.

Key ingredients: just ginger and cardamom.

Complete Recipe

It’s not desi but the Guardian has a very simple recipe with all the main ingredients. You can’t go wrong with it.

Key ingredients: cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns.
Recipe on the Guardian site.

Masala Chai Latte

Want something a little bit more frothy? Indian chef Munjula Jain has a method for making masala chai latte

With Mint

Mint is more commonly used as an ingredient in tea in the Middle East, but why not in masala chai too? After all its tasty and good for your health.

Key ingredients: ginger, mint leaves, cloves, cardamom and a piece of cinnamon.

With Fennel Seeds

The BBC’s Anjum Anand has a slightly different recipe. Instead of using cloves, she uses saunf, i.e. fennel seeds.

Fennel seeds, yes you guess it, are also great for your health. They help regulate blood pressure, with indigestion, IBS and bloating. They even contain Vitamin A, which improves eyesight.

Key ingredients: peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cardamom and ginger.
Recipe on the BBC website

With Maple Syrup

Here’s something new, instead of sugar why not try maple syrup? It certainly adds a twist and we loved this recipe.

Key ingredients: Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and maple syrup.
Recipe on Bon Appetit

Bonus: Street Tea-seller Recipe

Did you know masala was initially added to chai to mask the bad taste of water? We didn’t either. In fact we don’t even know if this is true but it sounds plausible. Don't take our word for it though.

Either way this is how street sellers in India make their masala chai. Enjoy!

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