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Chai: Our Favorite Spiced Beverage

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History

As per historians, the origin of chai goes back more than 4000 years. Chai was used as a spiced beverage for many. In India, in the field of Ayurveda, chai was used for healing. The word chai means “tea” and can be used to describe any type of beverage in which plants or leaves are steeped in hot water. 

As chai became more popular, a variety of ingredients and spices were added to it, depending upon the geographical location where it was made. Milk, sugar, and tea leaves were the major additions to chai.

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Types of Chai and Associated Health Benefits

Below are the various types of chai that can be made easily. Each one of them has some health benefit, and they are all great accompaniments to any variety of snack or food.  

●     Lemongrass Chai 

This one is a bit bitter in taste. However, it is useful in clearing out the sinus.

●     Ginger Chai 

A dash of grated ginger works wonders in the chai and imparts a spicy taste to it. This type of chai is a great fit for winters, as they are known to prevent colds.

●     Cardamom Chai

Cardamom chai is extremely healthy due to the presence of antioxidants in cardamon. This type of chai is known to help with digestive issues.

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●     Turmeric Chai

Just add a pinch of turmeric to your chai along with the milk, and you get the famous turmeric tea. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial for your overall health.

●     Masala Chai

This is probably the most famous and widely prepared chai in India. With the addition of several ingredients like ginger, nutmeg, and even black pepper, this chai is spicy and savory in taste.  

Culinary Benefits of Chai

Chai is a quintessential beverage in India. There are a variety of ways in which chai can be enjoyed. 

If you are looking for some savory flavor, then go for the masala chai. A health and fitness enthusiast? Then the turmeric chai will be the best for you. Don’t forget to cut down on the sugar and replace it with another famous Indian ingredient, Jaggery.

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The combination of chai and corn is famous! The sweet and the buttery corn flavor beautifully complements the hot and spicy chai. Looking out for some ways to cook your corn? We’ve got you all covered here.

If we talk about chai, then there is no way we can leave out the other Indian delicacies like samosas and fritters. The combinations are a match made in heaven. No season of monsoon is complete without relishing these combinations!

Storage of Chai

The chai patti, or tea leaves, can be stored in an airtight container at a moderate temperature until the manufacturer’s expiration date. However,  prepared chai should be consumed immediately.

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