Recipes: Masala Chai Chia Pudding

chaiwallahFlavors inspired by my last trip to India.  Masala simply means a mix of spices. Masala Chai are the deliciously sweet and warming spices of fresh ginger, green cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and sometimes black pepper, all simmered in raw milk and steeped with black tea. Chai wallahs (tea stands) are an intrinsic part of Indian culture, many times you are paying less for tea and more the performance.  Watch a video from one of the many chai wallahs in Delhi we visited.

Masala Chai PuddingNutrition Profile: Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have…

  • 5 times more calcium than milk
  • 3 times the amount of iron than spinach
  • 
2 times the amount of potassium found in bananas
  • Super high in protein, 18 grams per 100 grams of chia seeds
  • Loaded with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, chia seeds contain the highest-known percentage of Omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, at 62-64%
  • 
High in soluble fiber, gluten-free

This nutrient-packed recipe can double as breakfast and dessert – or dessert for breakfast! You choose!

MASALA CHAI CHIA PUDDING


1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch ground clove
pinch sea salt
1 tsp raw honey
2 cups almond milk (or your preferred nut/seed milk)
1 banana, sliced
Optional Superfoods: 1 tsp maca powder + 1 tsp lucuma powder

In a bowl, combine chia seeds with the remainder of the dry ingredients. Stir to mix up the dry ingredients first, then pour in the sweetener and the milk.  Give it another good stir to combine well, then allow it to set for a few minutes as the chia seeds begin to absorb the mixture.  (Did you know chia seeds can absorb 14 times its weight in water!)  Continuing mixing, adding more liquid as needed, then let sit for 20 minutes until full absorbed. Serve with fresh sliced banana when ready to eat!

Dosha Qualities
The qualities for soaked chia seeds vary from dry seeds, this recommendation is based on the soaked variation of this recipe.
Decreases Vata (-)
Decreases Pitta (-)
Increases Kapha (+)

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