It has Eastern origins, has become famous worldwide thanks to Starbucks, and looks like a caffelatte but isn’t. What is it? We’re talking about the masala chai, better known as chai latte, a beverage made with Indian tea and spices that generates various benefits for the organism. It’s good for you, but it’s also very tasty and easy to make at home: let’s find out more about this spiced tea whose history goes back more than a thousand years.
The benefits of chai latte
Let’s start with the healthy properties of chai latte. It’s considered a superdrink, above all due to the spices used to make this popular hot beverage:
- Black pepper aids the digestion and purifies the organism, stimulating the metabolism.
- Cinnamon has anti-bacterial properties and helps to moderate blood sugar levels.
- Cardamom has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cloves are natural pain relievers and anti-bacterial agents.
- Ginger is a powerful pain reliever that also helps prevent and cure sore throats. It is becoming increasingly popular in the kitchen and in bars too, and is used, for example, to make gourmet espressos, such as coffee, ginger and cinnamon.
- Nutmeg also has various properties that make it a natural pain reliever.
- Anise aids the digestion.
Chai latte: how to make it at home
Over the centuries, the widespread diffusion of recipes for many different versions of masala chai makes it almost impossible to identify a universal version of this drink. The version we propose is easy to make at home and only takes 15 minutes to prepare.
Ingredients for masala chai for 4 people
- 600 ml water.
- 600 ml whole milk.
- 4 bags of Indian black tea (preferably Assam or Darjeeling).
- 8 cardamom seeds.
- 8 whole cloves.
- 3 grains of black pepper.
- 2 cinnamon sticks.
- 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger.
- 1 teaspoon of grated nutmeg.
- 1 star anise seed.
- Cane sugar to taste.
Preparing masala chai
- Let’s start with the chai. Grind (or crush) the spices so that they release their flavour more rapidly.
- Place all the ground spices in a small pot with the water and the black tea bags.
- Leave the mixture on the hob for about 10 minutes on a low heat. When the time is up, remove from the hob and filter with a strainer.
- Now it’s time for the milk. Heat it up without bringing it to the boil.
- Fill every cup half-full with the chai then fill it up with hot milk, adding sugar to taste.
How did your homemade chai latte turn out? If you enjoyed it, we recommend another tasty speciality: find out how to make a matcha latte cappuccino at home: the green cappuccino brimming with beneficial properties.