What is chai tea? This question can be answered in two ways. When we trace the word back to its native land in India, the word “chai” is simply the Hindi term for tea. However, outside of Hindi-speaking countries, the term is often used to specifically describe a style of tea commonly associated with traditional Indian dining.
A chai tea will often be called masala chai, describing the mix of spices that goes into its brewing. The specific blend of spices used in the tea will vary greatly from one region to another, and even among different Indian households. However, the most common spices are cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and pepper.
Some people will add to this vanilla, nutmeg, coriander, fennel seed, or chocolate. These spices are combined with a rich black tea, heavy milk, and usually a bit of sugar or some other sort of sweetening agent.
Fans of chai tea appreciate the warm, relaxing sensation that it brings about, as well as the health benefits that come with drinking it. It contains some potent antioxidants, powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and substances that serve to calm your stomach and facilitate a healthy digestive system. The caffeine in the black tea makes it a popular, more healthy alternative to coffee.
Drinking chai tea is a big part of dining in India. It is common to find this beverage on the menu of any good Indian restaurant, either within the country or abroad. At our Bellevue Indian cuisine restaurant, you can experience this classic favorite for yourself. Try it out at MokSHA today!