Coffee jitters getting you down?
Nothing is more alluring than the infusion of spices in a delicious cup of chai early in the morning – I make sure to start every day armed with a thermos. Not only does the process of creation ground me in the morning, taking 15 minutes to nurture myself allows me to be more focused throughout the day.
You too will see how making chai can become a form of meditation…
Whole milk (whole organic milk is best – buffalo or cow, 2% and 1% are missing the good fats)
Loose Black Tea
Cardamom (Green or black)
Boil 1 cup of water, 1-2 spoons sugar (organic cane), and grate 1 inch of ginger into boiling water. After ginger has boiled (about 1 min), add one teaspoon of loose black tea (I use Indian Orange Pekoe).
After mix has boiled for 1-2 minutes and ginger is cooked, add 1/2 cup milk. Add 3 crushed cardamom and 2 crushed cloves* (all crushed in a mortar and pestle). Wait for entire liquid to boil 3 times, and then strain. Yum yum!
*winter blend includes crushed black pepper and some cinnamon. fennel can be added for digestion.