Nine times out of ten you'll find me happily sipping away on iced tea, even in the middle of winter, but when the temperatures start to hover in the single digits I start longing for something warm to hold on to. In times like these I find myself rotating between hot chocolate made from scratch, Tea. Earl Grey. Hot., and masala chai—sometimes made from scratch, although more often than not I turn to a pre-blended chai mix due to its convenience.
Every masala chai is slightly different, the ingredients and preparations vary from family-to-family and place-to place, so I think it's important to mention that there is no one correct way to prepare chai, only preferred methods. My preference has always leaned more towards blends that contain a little extra cardamom, as it's one of my favorite spices, which is why I've grown so attached to Yogic Chai's Original Masala Chai. It's a blend made up of all organic ingredients containing a mixture of assam black tea, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. It sticks to the basics, without extra additions like star anise, coriander, pepper, and fennel that you'll often see in other blends. The ingredients are blended together expertly leaving behind the perfect balance of flavors, with just an extra hint of cardamom. Once mixed with water, milk (or as I prefer it, half & half) as well as a heaping spoonful of sugar it produces a sweet, yet spicy cup of chai that will warm you right down to your toes.
Would I order this again? Absolutely. This is one of my favorite chai blends. It's perfect to keep on hand for the cold winter months or as an accompaniment to the occasional Indian or Pakistani meal.
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Assam Tea (black Tea): Black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties. All four varieties are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas.
- Cardamom: A household spice that is commonly used to support digestion without increasing Heat.* It has expectorant and diaphoretic actions.* The mucus forming properties of milk are neutralized when cardamom is added to it.*
- Cinnamon: This warming spice is traditionally used in cold formulas as an expectorant and diaphoretic.* Due to its warming property, cinnamon is known to promotes digestion.*
- Cloves: An energizing herb,* cloves are an effective stimulant and aromatic for the lungs and stomach.* Cloves are used extensively in Ayurvedic herbology.
- Ginger: In Ayurvedic and Chinese herbology, Ginger is known to have heating, cleansing, toning and stimulating properties.* Ginger promotes digestion, relieves abdominal discomfort, dispels chills and it is also useful for relieving respiratory complaints due to phlegm and arthritic conditions due to coldness.*
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 12 ounces
Directions: Add 1 teaspoon of chai, 6 ounces of water and 6 ounces of milk into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then strain. Add 1 Tablespoon of raw honey or another sweetener of your choice.