Tea - The Most Popular Beverage in the World
Tea or the common chai or chaya, as it is known in the Indian sub-continent is one of the of most common beverage consumed the world over. In fact it is the second most popular drink in the world after water. The concoction is prepared by adding boiling water over the cured leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant which is native to parts of Asia.
Tea comes in a variety of flavors which vary from been slightly bitter, sour, nutty to floral in taste. In India, tea is largely consumed with milk and sugar. The common man’s instant energy drink, a refreshing cup of chai could be savored anywhere from a roadside stall to a specialty restaurant.
The plain chai may be the most common variant of the beverage which one may come across. Although it is also served spiced up, what is known to be the masala chai. A number of instant mixes are available commercially, which could be simply stirred into your cup of tea, in order to add that extra zing to your beverage. Select spices, ground from whole and added in measured quantity would make your average cup of tea into an irresistible drink, that would make you feel proud among friends and family. Read on about the secret ingredients which make Masala Chai that special drink which it is.
Recipe for Masala Chai:
The select spices create a combination of hot and sweet flavor and in the process enhances the taste of your regular cup of tea.
The spices which add the sweetness to your drink include cardamom, cinnamon, fennel and star anise, whereas peppercorns, ginger and cloves add the hotness to the drink. One must be careful in adding sugar to your tea, as the spices contain their inherent sweetness. Find below a concise list of the spices.
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