Tea/Chai; Popular Traditional Drink in Pakistan

Tea/Chai is known as a popular traditional drink in Pakistan. Tea/Chai is the most celebrated drink in Pakistan. It is served to the guests every season. This drink is served with various kinds of cookies and biscuits.

Chai is considered suitable for every event or gathering irrespective of weather and place and is equally enjoyed in all the provinces of Pakistan and rural and urban areas.

Origin of Tea/Chai

Tea has been known in China since around 2700 BCE, according to folklore. Tea was a therapeutic beverage for millennia, prepared by boiling fresh leaves in water, but it became a regular drink in the 3rd century and tea cultivation and processing began.

 Ingredients of Tea/Chai

Water, sugar, granular tea, milk. Also ginger, cardamom, cinnamon

 Recipe of  Tea/Chai

It is prepared by boiling the granular tea in the water along with sugar and then adding milk., fennel and spices can be added according to the preferences.

 Types of Chai

There are several types of tea including the following:

  • Ginger tea
  • Cardamom tea
  • Kashmiri tea
  • Tulsi Tea
  • Masala tea.
  • Lemongrass tea
  • Jasmine tea
  • Doodh Patti tea

 

1. Ginger tea

Recipe: Take some ginger in a grater and grate it till the juice of it extracts. Boil some water on flame and add the grated ginger and tea granules to it. When it boils, add sugar and milk to the kettle. After having it boiled again, strain it into the cups and serve it hot.

2. Kashmiri tea

Recipe: Add spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove in a mortar. Also, add rose petals and strands of saffron and grind them finely. Take water and crushed spices into the kettle and boil it. After that add the green leaves of tea to the boiled water and steep it for 3 minutes. Strain it in the cups.

3. Masala tea

Recipe: Take a mortar, add spices like cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves, and peppercorn, and ground them finely. Take water in a kettle and bring it to a boil. Add the grounded spices and simmer for 5-7 minutes. After that, add sugar and milk and again boil it.

Nutritional Value of Tea

A single cup of tea contains carbohydrates, sodium, potassium, vitamin A, cholesterol, fiber, calcium, iron, and saturated fat.

Benefits of Tea

  • Recent research has shown the results that the tea contains anti-inflammatory components and also prevents the risk of heart diseases.
  • It also helps reduce the blood pressure to normal and maintain cholesterol levels.
  • Green tea contains L-thiamine and a small amount of caffeine which help to elevate energy levels. Tea also helps in releasing stress and fatigue.
  • It prevents the risk of neurological diseases. The diseases which are associated with the decline of cognitive abilities can be prevented by consuming healthier tea.
  • It also contains antioxidants.

 

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