How to make a delicious no bake cheesecake?
A Tea India friend recently shared an incredible tasty treat with us for no bake Parle-G and masala chai cheesecakes and we just have to share it.
It is unique and tastes out of this world especially if you enjoy masala tea. It is the perfect tea party dessert.
What desserts go with tea?
Tea and cheesecake can be a delicious and complementary pairing. The flavors and textures of tea and cheesecake can balance and enhance each other, making for a delightful combination.
When selecting a tea to pair with cheesecake, it's a good idea to choose a tea that compliments the flavor profile of the cheesecake. Spicy tea like chai can pair well with a dense and decadent cheesecake.
Overall, the pairing of tea and cheesecake can be a delightful treat for the senses and can be enjoyed for a special occasion or as an indulgent treat.
Is masala chai good for you?
Masala chai, a type of tea beverage that originated in India, can have potential health benefits when consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Here are some of the possible health benefits of masala chai:
- May boost digestion: The spices used in masala chai, such as ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom, have been traditionally used in Ayurveda to support digestion.
- May reduce inflammation: Some of the spices in masala chai, such as ginger and cloves, have anti-inflammatory properties that may help to reduce inflammation in the body.
- May improve heart health: Research suggests that the antioxidants in tea, including black tea used in masala chai, may help to reduce the risk of heart disease by improving cholesterol levels and reducing blood pressure.
- May improve mental alertness: The caffeine in black tea used in masala chai can provide a mild stimulant effect, which may help to improve mental alertness and concentration.
- May provide stress relief: The ritual of brewing and drinking masala chai can provide a soothing and relaxing experience, which may help to reduce stress levels.
It's worth noting that masala chai is often made with added sugar and milk, which can increase the calorie content of the beverage. However, you can opt for alternative sweeteners such as honey or stevia and use low-fat milk or plant-based milk to make a healthier version of masala chai.
What is the difference between masala chai tea and chai tea?
The terms "masala chai tea" and "chai tea" are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two.
"Chai tea" simply means "tea" in many parts of the world and is often used to refer to the traditional Indian tea beverage made with black tea leaves, milk, and a blend of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
On the other hand, "masala chai tea" specifically refers to the Indian tea beverage made with black tea leaves and a blend of spices, including the ones mentioned above. The word "masala" means "spice blend" in Hindi, so masala chai literally means "spiced tea".
So, while both "chai tea" and "masala chai tea" refer to a tea beverage made with black tea and spices, the latter term is more specific to the traditional Indian preparation that includes a blend of spices.
What does masala chai taste like?
Masala chai has a warm, aromatic, and spicy flavor that is characteristic of the blend of spices used in the preparation. The flavor profile can vary depending on the recipe and the specific spices used, but typically includes notes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black pepper.
The black tea leaves used in the preparation also contribute a slightly bitter and astringent flavor, which is balanced by the sweetness of milk and sugar added to the beverage. The milk used in masala chai can also impart a creamy and rich texture to the beverage.
Overall, the flavor of masala chai is complex and layered, with a pleasant blend of sweetness, spice, and bitterness. The aroma of the spices used in the preparation also adds to the sensory experience of drinking masala chai, making it a popular and comforting beverage.
Parle-G and Tea
Parle-G is a very popular brand of biscuits in India. It is one of the oldest biscuit brands in India and has a strong presence in the Indian market. Parle-G cookies are known for their affordability, taste, and availability. They are widely consumed across the country and are a popular choice among people of all age groups. The brand has a loyal customer base, and its popularity has only increased over the years.
The cookies are often enjoyed with a cup of masala tea. The combination is considered to be a quick and easy breakfast option that provides a burst of energy to kick start the day. It can also be a common snack in the evenings, when people love to indulge in hot tea and sweets.
This recipe below is for anyone who loves Parle-G with masala, or is just looking for a twist on cheesecake.
Ingredients for Parle-G Cheesecake
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cook time: 2 hours
Ingredients for the crust:
- 32 Parle-G cookies
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- A pinch of salt
- 2 Tea India Masala Chai Tea Bags
Ingredients for the cheesecake:
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup organic sugar
- Seeds from 3 green cardamom pods
- 2 cloves
- ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
- A pinch each of powdered cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
- 12 raspberries (optional)
- 4 Parle-G cookies
No Bake Dessert Recipe
Instructions for the crust:
- Steep the Tea India tea bags in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Discard the bags and let cool completely.
- In the meantime, process the Parle-G biscuits and salt in a blender until fine.
- Add the butter and 2 tablespoons of cooled chai concentrate to the crumbles and mix gently.
- Line a muffin tray with liners and press down 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture in each mold to form a crust. Place in the freezer until the remaining is done.
Instructions for the no bake cheesecake recipe:
- Blend the spices together finely to make a chai masala.
- In a bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, and chai masala.
- Using a hand mixer with whisk attachments combine until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, add the whipping cream and whip until stiff peaks form.
- Gently add in the cream cheese mixture. Be careful to not mix too much, as you don't want to deflate the air you just incorporated.
- Take the tray out of the freezer and divide the cheesecake mixture into each mold evenly (~1 ⅓ tablespoons).
- Freeze again for 2 hours.
- Add a raspberry on top of each and place in the fridge until ready to serve, if using.
- Coarsely crumble the cookies on top of the cheesecakes before serving.
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