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I have been a diligent green tea drinker for the past few years. Regular tea is only made for guests. Even then, the Indian regular tea I have is very light and has a bit of ginger or cardamom floating in it.
Recently I was stuck with an immunity-related illness. I was told by my doctor to have all immunity boosting items in my kitchen. The more the merrier.
I am sharing a great immunity booster which shares 3 basic whole spices that are present in every Indian kitchen.
Other spices like cinnamon, ginger and pepper are also added to make different masala chai versions.
You can further add some ginger and/or a cinnamon stick. Do this only if you have the Punjabi stomach to digest so many Indian spices.
McDonald’s and Starbucks are the known big brands that sell chai based frappes at their various outlets. The popularity of these easy drinks has sparked off a lot of Do-it-yourself home recipe sites. There are YouTube videos that feature these drinks in detail.
Home baristas and innovative housewives have added toppings to masala chai variations. You get the same great taste at a fraction of the price.
Nowadays you can also get big brands marketing masala tea leaves. Hot masala chai can rub shoulders with Iced frappes at food locations. Fancy restaurants serve innovative chai lattes.
The aromatic herbs and spices in Chai vary across regions and households. It is warming, soothing and contributes to your wellbeing.