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A Healthy and Tasty Cup of Indian Masala Chai

68Drinking Hot Tea has become very popular all over the world. I am sure most of my readers are very familiar with it too. In India from where I immigrated to USA, this beverage is called CHA and CHAI, literally “Mixed-spice tea.” It has gained worldwide recognition and popularity as Indian Masala Chai. Whenever one is alone, with friend or family, Masala Chai is served. Business communities in different regions of India drink Masala Chai during business transactions or any business related gatherings. They drink hot tea even when it is scorching temperature during the market hours.

The term “Tea time” was made a very popular by the Englishmen. There is a saying among Britons, “Every time is a Tea time.” While they were rulers of India Tea Time was a customary pass time. This tradition is continued even today after the British left India. It has become an Indian Tradition now, big time.

The majority of Indian households prepare masala Indian chai daily.

There is a simple recipe for the preparation for Masala Chai.

There are fixed four main ingredients of Indian Masala Chai:

· Tea Leaves- Loose dry Black tea leaves grown on the slopes of the Darjeeling mountains in West Bengal in India.

· Mixed Grounded Spices – Called MASALA – is prepared mixing – Ginger root powder or fresh ginger root, Cinnamon Powder, Clove Powder and Cardamom pods or powder. Also fresh Mint Leaves and Lemongrass are added to the tea that we prepare at our home.

People from different parts of India modify this recipe due to regional influence or traditions. It may also contain – Saffron, Anise seeds, Bay leaves. Holy Basil leaves. Moreover, the quantity of each ingredient also varies depending on the taste of the person making it or drinking it.

· Fresh Milk or milk powder or non-dairy products addition makes Indian Masala tea a unique National Beverage. Some version may contain vanilla or chocolate. Steamed milk added Chai preparation called Chai Latte is available in some coffee shops and Starbucks.

Sweetener – If People like or want, they can add Raw white sugar, Brown Sugar or Honey.

Indian Chai is very hearty as well as a refreshing drink We can enjoy at any time of the day or night. It is also a healthy and nutritious drink.

The ingredients in masala help the overall health of Digestive, Respiratory systems, and the Peripheral circulation. Indian Chai is very innocuous, non-alcoholic and non-intoxicating drink.

Do you all want to learn to prepare it? OK, then, We are going to prepare the Chai now.

The traditional method of preparation depends on how many cups of Chai we are making? In our home, my wife and I drink Chai twice a day. We drink every morning and evening, one cup each time.

Actual Preparation:

1. One cup of tap water into a metal pot.

2. I add the one teaspoon of Masala, Fresh shredded ginger root piece, 5-6 leaves of spearmint, and chopped leaves of lemon grass.

3. I let the water boil. I keep on stirring for a minute or two to let the ingredients mix well.

4. Then I add loose black tea leaves one and a half teaspoonful ( You can add any time).

5. As the water becomes dark brown, I add fresh milk as needed. The quantity depends on personal taste.

6. We let it boil for few more minutes while watching it closely, so it does not boil over.

7. Use the kitchen mittens or a clamp to handle the very hot utensil. Strain the tea in separate cups with a strainer. The Masala Chai is ready for drinking.

8. This whole process should not take more than 8 – 10 minutes.

Besides Masala Tea, there is the variety of exotic mixtures of herbs and spices known as herbal teas. People drink these combinations to improve their mood, mind, and soul.

However, We do not have the time or the space to discuss them here now. Nevertheless, I promise you all that we will get together to discuss them in future articles. We will also talk about the various ingredients in mixed Masala in details.


While writing this article, I was having a fresh cup of Indian Chai that I prepared it myself. I love to make Indian Tea. I like to brag about it too! It is true that you need love and passion for Indian Chai to make a perfect, tasty cup of Chai every time,

In the meantime, you all have a Wonderful Happy Teatime with Indian Masala Chai and Tea Biscuits!


D.S. Mehta – a true Chai (Tea) lover

Disclaimer: All the information described in this article is for educational and entertainment purposes only. The author has no intention to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If anybody reading this article has any physical ailment or any health-related problems needing medical attention, please follow up with their professional medical advisor for help.

My name is D.S. Mehta. I have taken a liberty today and have written an article on my favorite Indian beverage called “Indian Masala Chai.” It is a very nutritious and healthy drink both for the health and the mind. In India and Pakistan, this is a very popular drink but over the yrs., it has become universally famous. How to prepare this drink in your home with herb and spices is described in this article. You will enjoy it as much as I did writing it. In future, I will write few more tea-related articles with different flavors.

All About Drinks Recipes

67It does not matter what the occasion is, every person deserves a better drink, and the best way to make a drink better is to follow drinks recipes so that every drink comes out tasting consistently good.

Contrary to most popular opinion, drink recipes do not have to involve alcohol, and there are drink recipes for drinks to be had at any hour of the day. One need not follow tradition to enjoy a tasty drink, as a matter of fact the inverse is more often true: quality drinks take a little preparation and diversity.

Switching it up: Why make a regular cup of coffee, when anyone can consult a specialty coffee drink recipe, and make themselves something different and delicious, without having to worry about sacrificing quality?

It is often hard for the human ego to follow directions they did not invent themselves, but if a person can put the final product ahead of their personal pride, then following a drinks recipe is the only solution for making every drink a better tasting and therefore better experience for the consumer.

Many people think that a great drink involves too much time or effort, but the truth of the matter is that making a drink a little more special usually only involves one or two extra steps, and these steps are quite often something as easy to do as altering the temperature or infusing a common drink with something a little different, like fresh fruit.

The majority of drink recipes are for libations that involve alcohol, but the good news is that some of these drinks sound a lot more difficult and tedious to make than they really are.

The most important step is to follow instructions. Straying from the carefully laid out plans for a delicious beverage is a waste of time, and a dangerous game to play. To be consistent, one must follow directions with consistency.

And after a few trials, it will become easy to make the drink without consulting the original recipe at every stage of preparation. This is why it does not make sense to waste a ton of time energy trying to be creative, when someone else has already done all this hard work, and now a delicious and easy to follow plan has been developed.

Ultimately, anyone with a refined taste will agree when subjected to a regular drink and then a specialty drink made from a recipe that the latter is better than the former. And this is for the same reason that people put dressings on salad and morsels of food in their soup, the human taste buds enjoy diversity, and this applies to drinking, and not only eating.

Refreshing Summer Drinks to Stock Up on This Summer

Coffee frappe - traditional recipe of grreek cuisine.Summer drink.

Along with those perfect summer days and nights comes the oppressive heat and humidity. Excessive heat can be very uncomfortable without air conditioning.

Whipping up something chilled and refreshing can be easy if you have all the ingredients at home. So why not shop at your local cash and carry and stock up on some wholesale products.

Stock up on these refreshing summer drinks products.

Concentrated juice is a variety of juice that is often diluted with water. These juices can also be mixed with other drinks to give it a sweeter taste. Concentrated juices come in 1 litre, 3 litre or 5 litres options. There are various flavours available to tantalise all taste buds. Such flavours could include orange, lemon and many others.

Drinks that come in sachets are popular amongst children. Drink-o-Pop, for example, makes flavoured drinks that can be mixed with water. Children may take this drink to school as part of the lunch box. The sachet contents can be mixed with chilled water in the morning before your child goes to school. Choose a reusable drinks bottle that your child will love and fill it with the mixed cool drink. It is a great way for parents to save space in their kitchen cupboards. It is also a good way to minimise the use of drinks bottles that are usually discarded after one use. The individual sachets make one glass of cool drink. If you are planning on buying them in bulk, they are available in small boxes of 72 sachets and these are packaged into a larger box of 8 units.

Chocolate milk drinks are a healthy and tasty drink especially for children but also loved by adults. The traditionally warm chocolate milk drinks can also be mixed with cold milk in the summer months. Nestle Cocoa and Milo are popular chocolate milk drinks. After school, fill a glass with cold milk and mix in about 3 to 4 teaspoons of chocolate powder. Give the milk a good stir to dissolve all of the cocoa granules. For an added treat, you could add a spoon or two of ice cream to create a chocolate milkshake. Children love this variation of the chocolate milk drink. Nestle Cocoa and Milo are both available in resealable containers that can be bought in bulk packs of 6 containers.

These are summer drinks that will be in demand during the following months so be sure to stock up at your local wholesaler.

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Top Drinks For Weight Loss

Healthy Spa Water with Fruit on a Background

Are you planning to lose weight the natural way? You might have been flooded with advice on the foods that you need to eat and avoid to get closer to your goals.

You might find yourself spending too much time on the internet to check out some weight-reducing and tasty dishes to add to your diet everyday. Why should you focus only on your solid foods? Here is a list of some refreshing drinks that are not only tasty and healthy, but also help you burn your fats and get slimmer quickly.

1. Water

Water is the elixir of life! Needless to say, it is the first drink that you need to consume in ample amounts daily to flush out the toxins from your body. Drink adequate water before every meal, so that your appetite comes down to a great extent. Drink ice-cold water at least twice or thrice a day as it will help your body to burn fat to bring this water to body temperature.

2. Honey & Cinnamon

Mix one glass of honey and about half a spoon of cinnamon powder in a glass of normal water. Drink this daily in the morning before breakfast to enable quick weight loss. Never mix this drink in hot water as you will lose the goodness of honey and cinnamon when you do that. If you want to make this drink tastier, you can add half a spoon of lemon juice as well.

3. Green Tea

Green Tea is rich in antioxidants, and it helps to quicken your metabolism rate to a great extent. Make it a point to drink at least 3 to 5 cups of green day per day so that toxins are flushed out from your body, and you lose weight naturally.

4. Black Coffee

If you cannot skip your daily dose of coffee, make it black instead. Black coffee is loaded with thermogenesis, an element that is great for your metabolism rate. Ensure that you don’t add sugar in this, for best results.

5. Fresh juices of vegetables

How many times do you drink juices at shops that claim to make pure varieties? In reality, all stalls use a lot of sugars and processed ingredients to make their juices and crushes. You can easily prepare fresh and pure juices at home if you want to lose weight naturally. Make a juice of few tomatoes and carrots and add dashes of any of your preferences (lime, ginger, mint, etc.). This tasty drink will give you enough nutrients to be sustained throughout the day.

6. Dates and Banana

If you want to reduce your appetite to a great extent so that you can eat very little food, you should make yourself a drink of dates and banana in the morning. Blend a few dates, ripe banana, some almond milk and a spoon of cinnamon powder to make a tasty juice and have it after breakfast. This will increase your metabolism rate considerably and will keep you energetic & free from hunger throughout the day.

A Tasty Anti-Inflammatory Drink You Can Make At Home

64Over 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disorder – if you’re one of them – read on for a recipe that could provide some much needed relief!

Having an autoimmune disorder, namely Ulcerative Colitis, I’m probably a bit more in tune with my body than most – my body speaks to me loud and clear. Over the past few years I’ve learned what food and drinks work for my mind and body, and this has saved me a lot of heart (and stomach) ache.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, mint and ginger have healing properties that miraculously saved my Mexican vacation. Today I’ll be showing you how to make a drink whose main ingredient is turmeric. Yep – a turmeric drink. Don’t stop reading just yet! Along with providing a variety of health benefits, especially for people suffering from gastrointestinal issues, this drink comes with an added bonus: you’ll experience what the locals in Indonesia drink – like becoming a world traveler without leaving your kitchen!

I first read about the healing powers of Jamu, or traditional Indonesian medicine, from fellow healer Chloe Park, who mentioned she fell in love with a turmeric juice beverage, Jamu Kunyit, when she was living in Bali. If you’re like me, you’re thinking, cool, a drink the Bali locals enjoy – tell me more! More likely, though, you’re thinking, um, Turmeric juice sounds gross. Or you might even be thinking, I have no idea what turmeric is. Whichever category you fall into, let’s rewind a bit and talk turmeric!

Turmeric is a fragrant yellow spice popular in Indian curries and contains the powerful compound curcumin, whose antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects benefit a whole range of conditions, including IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). It may also provide protection against colon cancer, boost cognitive performance, and early studies suggest it may even prevent and break down Alzheimer’s brain plaques.

I was awakened to healing powers of Turmeric by a friend (Hi Nora!) who was able to stop talking a prescription medication (Asacol/Mesalamine) for her Colitis condition by taking Turmeric capsules (important note: I am not recommending you stop taking any medication, please first have a conversation with your trusted health professional!). When I heard Nora’s story, I was intrigued, and did a little of my own research on the topic. More information on Turmeric came via a Harvard medical school graduate, and founder of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil. In his Self Healing magazine, Dr. Weil says: “Cancer, in many cases is probably related to chronic, on-going inflammation. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, especially for people with gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary (liver or gall bladder) malignancies” You can safely take 2-8 grams in a capsule form daily, which ideally contains piperine, a component of black pepper that boosts turmeric absorption.

Personally, I like to use Turmeric capsules when my body “asks for them”. You may be thinking, what does he mean ask for them. Here, I’ll explain. Through yoga and meditation, my intuition has greatly increased. I call intuition that gut feeling we all experience on the inside, knowing what we should do when we’re in a dilemma, or when something is wrong, or right. As bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell explains in his bestselling book Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking – intuitive decision-making can result in a better outcome than relying on more lateral methods, such as lists of pros and cons. A recent study backed this up, with brain scans showing that a structure called the ventral striatum responds immediately to subconscious cues. Scientists call it ‘instrumental learning’ – your instinct recognizes a situation as familiar and suggests an instant response before you’ve had time to process rational thought. So “pain” as I feel it in a particular place in my body, at a particular level – goes away when I take turmeric. Visit your local health food store to see what turmeric suplements they carry.

Let’s get back to Jamu Kunyit, shall we? As Chloe explains, Jamu Kunyit is a drink that is highly regarded in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. While you might not think that a flavor used in curry sounds very tasty as a cold beverage, a little lemon, honey, and tamarind help create an exotic, flavorful drink with awesome healing benefits. As for me, I’ve found myself with higher energy, cleaner – and easier – bowel movements, less to no pain, less inflammation – and seemingly no joint pain that use to creep up sometimes. Magical eh?

If you’re still unsure about whether to try this drink, consider that turmeric is also a natural liver detoxifier and a kidney cleanser. It speeds metabolism and aids in weight management. Plus, it alleviates conditions of depression, psoriasis, damaged skin, arthritis, and more.

Alright, you’ve got to be interested by now, right?!

Without further ado, here’s my version of the recipe:Ingredients:

5-7 inches Turmeric

5-7 pieces of Tamarind

2 lemons (or lime if you prefer)

Raw honey



Mason jar(s) or another glass jar with a lid

Peel Turmeric. Your fingers may turn yellow. No worries! Dish soap get’s it right out. If your cutting board or counter top gets stained, slather on the all-natural dish soap and rub it in. Let it soak in for 5 min, or longer, and then scrub with water and sponge. The turmeric stain will vanish. Wanting a more potent drink, I used all the Turmeric in the package, and at less than $1.50, it was a bargain. In all I probably used around 12 inches.

Crack and open the Tamarind. Make sure you remove the inner roots as well. We’re only going to use the inner fruit

Fill a pot with water, put peeled Turmeric inside and let boil for at least 20 minutes, or until the water becomes a rich and vibrant marigold color. Note, the amount of water you use will be the amount of liquid you have to drink later on.

While the Turmeric is boiling, get a pan and pour ~1inch of water into a pan with the peeled Tamarind. Stir the fruit with a wooden utensil. Mix it in with the water so it can melt and dissolve into a jam-like texture. More water shouldn’t be needed, but if it’s looking a bit dry, pour additional water as needed.

By this time you should be able to see the little seeds coming out. When the texture of the tamarind looks soft, turn the heat off and let it cool down

Back to the Turmeric water. The color should now look ready. Pour in a little bit of cold water to lower the temperature. Pour the Turmeric water into the blender with the Turmeric roots. We boiled it so the root could soften and have more flavor. Now it’s ready to blend, for even more flavor, and richness! The color should now look like an extra, extra fiery marigold.

Go back to the Tamarind in the pan. Using a wooden utensil, or if, like me, you prefer your clean hands, separate the soft bits of the fruit, like a jam consistency from the seeds and seed peels. Note: If you don’t want to get your hands dirty the original recipe called for a strainer and bowl for this step but it didn’t work for me. If you figure that one out do let us know.

Pour the Tamarind that has been caught in the bowl into the blender with the Turmeric water. Buzz it around again.

Squeeze your lemons into the blender, pour your healthy anti-inflammatory elixir into the mason jar(s), add honey, close the lid and shake to mix.

Store in fridge up to 3-4 days and drink daily.

To Improve the bioavailability of the main ingredient, curcumin, experiment with mixing black pepper, virgin coconut oil, or raw egg yolk(hey – I’m just the messenger), in with the Jamu drink.

Enjoy your drink! The first time I made this drink it made me feel warm, alive, and energetic. I’d love to hear how you feel after drinking. Tell me in the comments section at the bottom.

Note: I found tamarind and turmeric root at my local Ranch 99 Asian grocery store. I’ve also heard Whole Foods carries them.

Oh, BTW, this drink was pretty fast to make but did result in what was probably one of my best kitchen mess disasters. (Note to Self: hold down the blender top while blending) I’ll have to blog about that another time, with pictures. Also, I should note that I used my back-up blender as my friend was borrowing my Vitamix Blender. Now my back-up blender,Cuisinart, because it is made from plastic, is a yellowish hue – due to the turmeric. Ironically my friends tell me they like the color and thought I bought it this way.

Until next time, and in good health,