Home-made Chai Masala

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I am a coffee drinker first thing in the morning, otherwise enjoy herbal teas in the afternoon. This fragrant and spicy chai with a dash of milk and a tea spoon of honey is warm and delicious. Not only that, beautiful spices in the tea provide health benefits from their medicinal properties. Chai spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and ginger contains antioxidants and phytochemicals that prevent diabetes and cancers, support our immune system and boost metabolism. Chai tea also offsets sugar-cravings and relieve digestive problems which makes it perfect for an after-meal drink. If you’ve been having a chai tea from cafes, they either bring you one made from sugary powders or a teabag. But, trust me, making at home tastes heaps better, is healthier and is such a rewarding experience.
chai masalaIngredients

2 star anise powder
2 tsp ginger powder
1-2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp clove powder

1 black teabag
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 tsp raw honey

Mix all spices together to make a chai mix. Brew black tea in 1/2 cup of hot water in a mug. Pour the black tea and 1/2 cup of milk into a small saucepan or milk pan. Gently heat the milk over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add 1 tsp of chai mix and 1 tsp of honey. When the milk comes to boil, turn off the heat and allow to steep for a few minutes. Strain into a cup and enjoy whilst hot. You can store the rest of chai mix in an air-tight container for later use. It is also wonderful adding into a plunger coffee or sprinkling over your coffee.

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