Feeling the Winter Blues, Warm Yourself up with Indian Food

Are you hungry for some Indian food?

 

What foods do you crave?

 

After the crazy weather we’ve experienced, many people were trapped indoors with colds and the need to stay warm. Indian food is great for naturally warming you up with the various spices that are used to turn up the heat.

 

Just like any other ethnic food, Indian food also has its foods that are comfort foods which are also very warm. Some examples are chai, samosas, lentil soup, pakora, aloo gobhi and many others. If you have not had the opportunity to try authentic Indian food, now is the perfect time for you to come venture out to An Indian Affair.

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Enjoy a cup of chai and some samosas while you warm yourself up by the fireplace. Chai is rich with spices and warm tantalizing flavours. Although the basic ingredients for a good cup of chai are water, tea, milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves everyone’s taste very different. Each chef has a secret ingredient up their sleeve. One of the ingredients I left out was “love” which is the most important ingredient of all. The more you enjoy your cup of chai, the more love has been infused into your chai. When I go into An Indian Affair, in one sitting I will have four or five cups of delicious chai.

 

The added ingredient is ginger when you are sick which naturally warms up your body. It is excellent for any chest congestion.

 

Chai is great for all occasions from distressing to warming up to quenching your thirst. An Indian restaurant or any Indian household is incomplete without chai.

 

As a family, we drink chai at least three to four times a day. Once in the morning as our morning caffeine fix, our late afternoon pick me upper, in the evening before bed to relax. Other times when we enjoy our chai, when we are cold, when are bored and looking for something to do, when we have company over and it is time for them to leave, we have had a long day and just want to relax, or when my aunts are all chilling together we will polish off five cups each of chai in that one sitting or if we are playing cards as a family. For us, everything revolves around chai from the happiest of moments to the saddest of times we need our chai.

 

chia and rice pudding

 

Health Benefits of Chai:

  • Chai has less caffeine than coffee which means you are not on a continuous high comparison is three cups of chai equals one cup of coffee
  • The black tea is rich in antioxidants
  • The spices which have been used for thousands of years are used to promote general health, well-being and to treat various ailments

We will see you on your next visit over a cup of chai at An Indian Affair.

 

How do you and your family enjoy a cup of chai?

 

When do you have a cup of chai?

Who would you like to share a cup of chai with?

 

By Fatima Sumar

 

 

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