Masala tea – Chai tea

Masala tea – Chai tea

After travelling in south east Asia I went from being a tea lover to being a supreme coffee lover. Vietnam and Cambodia in particular has some of the worlds best coffee.
But after leaving southeast Asia entering central Asia and having a taste of real Masala chai. or Chai tea, I rediscovered my tea drinking habits once more.
Masala tea can replace a meal for me sometimes and I know that it is always accessible. Masala tea are sold on the streets, in small teahouses and restaurants everywhere. And it is sometimes cheaper than buying water.
Masala tea is not only a tasty drink but traditionally it was, and still in some parts, used for medicine purposes.
The spices and herbs used in the Masala tea are actually common in Ayurvedic medicine.

To create a classic Masala tea you need a base of strong black tea. Like Assam tea so that the tea smell and taste will shine through the spices and herbs.
The spice mixture is a blend of ground ginger and cardamom pods being the dominant ingredient, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, nutmeg and cloves. And sometimes peppercorn.

A small amount of Turmeric can be added if you are suffering from fever. Turmeric has many health benefits and is also common in Ayurvedic medicine.

All spices in Masala tea has healing properties and it warms your body and fills the stomach more than regular black or green tea.

My Asia adventure would not been the same without it.

The photo of the Masala tea is taken by me during our trekking in Himalayas. The first stop we made the very first day.
Read all about the Himalayan adventure here.

Nepal, Kathmandu, streetfood, travel, rice paddies

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