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[ Info: Chai Something Nice ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company
Chai, also called masala chai, is a distinctive beverage that incorporates a variety of warming spices. Although it is enjoyed throughout the world, chai originates from India where it is widely sold prepackaged in Indian grocery markets or freshly made by street vendors called chai “wallahs.”
Generally speaking, chai is composed of four basic ingredients: black tea, milk, a sweetener and spices.


[ Chai Something Nice: Chai the Basics ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice

a. chai making it yourself

Black Tea  Black tea is the traditional base element of most chai recipes because it provides a robust flavor due to undergoing a higher degree of oxidation than other teas. Specifically, Assam tea, so-named because it is produced in the Assam region of India, is often the black tea of choice.

Milk  Depending on locale, cow or buffalo milk is used to make chai. The milk may be diluted with water according to personal preference, or omitted entirely in favor of plain water. Some people, most notably westerners, enjoy using condensed milk, which provides creamy richness and eliminates the need for sugar.

Sweetener  Although some people enjoy chai unsweetened, sugar balances the flavors of the spices. In India, a concentrated product made from dates or pressed sugarcane called jiggery is commonly used, while in other parts of the world a comparable product called panela is preferred. Honey, agave, turbinado and other raw cane sugars are also used, as well as refined white sugar.

Spices  When it comes to chai spice blends the only standard is that the mixture is referred to as karha, which traditionally consists of green cardamom pods, star anise, cinnamon, ground ginger, fennel seed, cloves and peppercorns.



green cardamom, clove
[ green cardamom & cloves ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

cinnamon, star anise,
peppercorn

[ cinnamon, star anise, & peppercorn ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

ginger
[ ginger ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

fennel seed
[ fennel seed ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company



[ Chai Something Nice: Chai Spice Variety ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice

b. spices to chai

In India, many families closely guard their chai recipes as a legacy to pass from each generation to the next. Variations may include: nutmeg, cumin, coriander, saffron, licorice root and even rose water.

Try making this basic Chai tea and experiment by tweaking the recipe or adding other spices to perfect your own family recipe.


nutmeg
[ nutmeg ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

cumin
[ cumin ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

coriander
[ coriander ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

saffron
[ saffron ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

licorice root
[ licorice root ] ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company

If you want a more convenient cup, please explore Monterey Bay Spice Company's Chai Tea Blends. We offer a few variations on the chai theme to suit many different palates.

Chai Tea
Chai Tea, (caffeine free)
Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea, (caffeine free)
Rooibos Chai Masala Tea, (caffeine free)
Yogi Tea, (caffeine free)







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