In India, chai is more than just a cup of tea to start the day. Especially, in winter, starting your day with chai is a blissful experience. We have different types of chai staring from masala chai, ginger tea, cardamom chai, and sweeten tea generally sugar is used but in gur wali chai jaggery is used instead of sugar.
Jaggery is a sweetener that’s becoming popular as a “healthy” replacement for sugar. Jaggery is a kind of unrefined sugar. Raw, concentrated sugarcane juice is boiled until it becomes solid and can be formed into blocks. It has a slight bitterness of molasses and the richness of caramel. It is also a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, selenium & also contains a moderate amount of calcium, phosphorus & zinc, it also helps in the purification of blood. The color can range from light golden to dark brown. This is important, since the color and texture are used to grade the jaggery.
A healthier alternative to white refined sugar, jaggery can be used in many Indian desserts leaving a distinct flavor. In Winters, it keeps the body warm, helps treat cold, coughs, and controls the temperature of the body. You can use jaggery in many recipes like chutney, cakes, a sweet recipe like halwa, many more.
Jaggery is a natural sweetener is being recognized as a healthier replacement for sugar. Gur wali chai is healthier compared to tea made with sugar. You will love it if you are a Tea Lover like ME :).
Gur Wali Chai | Tea With Jaggery | Healthy Winter Beverage | No Sugar Tea
For 2 Cups
Water – 1 & 1/2 cups
Milk – 3/4 cup
Tea powder – 1 tsp
Roasted fennel powder – 1/2 tsp
Grated ginger – 1/2 inch
Crushed Black pepper powder – 2
Crushed jaggery – 1 medium piece or 4 tbsp
- Heat water in a saucepan and allow it to boil.
- Add tea powder, roasted fennel powder, crushed black pepper with ginger. Boil it for 2-3 minutes.
- Now add milk and simmer for 3 minutes. Switch off the flame.
- Add crushed jaggery and mix well. Filter prepared chai into cups.
- Gur wali chai is ready to serve.
- Adjust jaggery according to your taste.
- Don’t add jaggery while boiling otherwise chai or tea may curdle. The acidity in the jaggery will curdle chai.