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Beyond the Masala Chai: 5 Drinks to Satisfy Your Monsoon Cravings

Don’t limit yourself to masala chai this monsoon, here are some equally heartwarming alternatives.

Just when we thought there would be no end to the sweltering summer heat, respite came in the form of sparkly raindrops and boy, did we rejoice! Most of us, if the opportunity presented itself, would happily stay in, curled up in the bed, reading our favourite book or binge-watching our favourite TV show. And you'd agree that a comforting hot cup of masala chai would be a sweet addition to this cosy time. But wait, why do we have to always limit ourselves to this particular drink? 

Join us, as we take you through a bunch of hot and soothing recipes that will keep you company as you snuggle in, in this happy season. 

P.S.: Some of these hot beverages even come with umpteen health benefits too. So bookmark this page. 

Kashmiri Kahwa

A classic drink from Kashmir, the Kahwa is a soul-soothing drink that brings out the best of the region’s spices. It is basically green tea infused with cardamom, cinnamon, and saffron. According to Chef Ranveer Brar, who recently showed us how to make a perfect cup of the Kashmiri Kahwa recipe this hot goodness helps us relieve headache and maintain fluid levels. 

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Golden Milk

Also known as turmeric milk, this is a light and healthy drink that's now rubbing shoulders with popular international drinks like Irish coffee and Americano (Turmeric Latte, anyone?). While the world has acknowledged it only recently, the golden milk has been a mother’s home remedy for any ailments for generations! Turmeric is known as a natural antiseptic and this drink helps in digestion and fights any bacterial and viral infections. 

Hot Chocolate with Vanilla
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Retiring to bed with a hot cup of cocoa in your hands and a beautiful shower outside the window, is the perfect rainy day picture. Another monsoon-favourite, hot cocoa is a rich source of antioxidants and helps lower blood pressure. 

Cinnamon Coffee

Now, this one is the easiest of the lot. All you need to do is add a pinch of cinnamon powder or a cinnamon stick into your everyday brew and ditch the sugar cube. The cinnamon helps to enhance the flavour of your coffee blend. Cinnamon is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Also Read: 5 Spices for a Strong Immune System

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Rose and Honey Tea
An immunity-booster, this drink is incredibly simple to make. Start off by adding dried rose petals to hot water. Once the petals are added, let them steep and infuse their colour. Once the water becomes dark, strain it and add a teaspoon of honey. Voila! You're warm, aromatic drink is ready. 

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