Those who have lived in India are acquainted with the central role Chai or Tea plays in the lives of the Indian people. From morning to evening Chai pervades the social and cultural atmosphere of the country. Early morning cups of aromatic cup of Chai are, in most households, a "must" for getting started into the days activities. Periodic breaks throughout the day are taken for this delicious refreshing beverage. The simplest form which it takes is black tea leaves steeped in boiling water to which liberal amounts of sugar and milk added, but many home recipes include various spices such as anise, ginger, lemongrass, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, fennel, etc . Each delicious variation of this classic drink has its own character and one can find endless delight in concocting their own unique aromatic home brews.
The spice combinations used in making Masala Chai find their roots in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of natural health care. The main spices of ginger, cardamom, clove etc were valued for their properties of promoting healthy digestion many centuries before black tea became the national beverage of India. It was only natural that when black tea or chai began to spread throughout the country that the ancient Ayurvedic digestive blends should be included in the recipe.
Please note that the recipe is a perfume blend, not a preparation to be taken internally.