Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday's flavor -- Aussie Spiced Chai

Aussie Spiced Chai

Origin: India/Australia

A blend of tea with chai spices kissed by organic Lemon Myrtle creates a refreshing spiced beverage that will tantalize your senses while maintaining your well-being. Experience the enticing scent of sweet, spicy cinnamon and taste the light citrus flavor, finishing with a wonderful smooth, spicy aftertaste. 212° 1 level teaspoon tea per 8 ounces water; steep for 3-5 minutes.
Ingredients are black tea, cinnamon, anise seeds, lemon myrtle, cloves and cardamom. A great treat on a frosty day, but also a surprisingly tasty iced tea.

Chai is actually the generic Hindi word for tea, just as tea is called cha in China. Tea is so popular in India that it is not uncommon to see street vendors called chaiwallahs serving up chai right in the street. A traditional way to enjoy chai is with milk and a sweetener, usually sugar or honey. Sometime a South Asian cane sugar called jaggery is used instead.

I'll be explaining Lemon Myrtle in greater depth in the future, but in brief terms I can tell you it's a leaf from a tree that is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal and acts as a bronchodilator (easing chest congestion a bit).

No comments:

Post a Comment

Feel free to comment