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Let’s gather for a Chai and Chat with Sapna Punjabi-Gupta. Take a pause in your day to cook with Sapna and make a cup of your very own Masala Chai. You’ll learn the art of making Indian Chai and what’s in the spice mixture (aka Masala) that is added to enhance the flavor and for its healing benefits. Sapna will talk about the favorite spices that she adds to her chai, how to adjust your spices based on different seasons and make chai a part of your daily ritual. Get Sapna’s masala chai recipe and watch the short video on her blog; remember Sapna encourages you to learn with her and then make it your own!

Sapna Punjabi-Gupta is a culinary wellness expert, registered dietitian, ayurvedic practitioner, and the creative force behind beSPICED, as well as a board member of Slow Food Dallas Fort Worth. Sapna passionately strives to offer insights and spread awareness of the healing power of food, spices and the profound effects they have on our body, mind and soul. Her work has been featured in both national and international print media. Connect with Sapna, join a delicious, virtual cooking class like Samosa Pie and Masala Chai, and find ayurvedic inspiration on the beSPICED website!

Materials Needed

  • A 1-quart saucepan
  • Water
  • Good quality Black Tea — loose or teabags (Sapna prefers Assam or Darjeeling)
  • Whole milk
  • Cane Sugar
  • A small knob of fresh ginger
  • Green cardamom
  • Black pepper
  • Star anise
  • Cinnamon
  • A fine metal strainer
  • Cup to serve masala chai