Every morning I make myself a pot of chai. I grind the spices, slice the ginger, simmer them in milk and water, and spoon in the honey and tea. It is something special for myself that is good for me on lots of levels – it smells good, tastes good, feels good – and it is good for my health. I have not had one sniffle, sneeze or cold this winter – and I am happy to place this good fortune at the saucer of my daily chai 🙂
I still remember the first time I tasted chai. It was at the Bellingen ashram that we used to go to once a month for kirtan night. All the adults would be inside singing, and the kids would be running wonderfully wild through the gardens. When kirtan had finished, everyone would gather together for a huge vegetarian feast, laid out on trestle tables. At the end of the table stood a huge pot filled with freshly brewed chai, traditional Indian-style. Oh, ambrosia! Sweet, spicy and comforting.
Would you like to know how to make it for yourself? It’s really easy 🙂
Chai For One
1/4 stick of cinnamon
4 cardamon pods
4-6 black peppercorns
2-4 slices of ginger
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of milk
Honey to taste
Crush the cinnamon, cardamon pods, cloves and peppercorns in a mortar and pestle.Tip the spices into a small saucepan (I use a stove-top milk jug with a spout), add the ginger with one cup of water and half a cup of milk. Bring to a simmer over a low heat and then add 1 heaped teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of tea leaves (or a tea bag). Simmer until golden, then pour through a strainer into your favourite cup. Enjoy!
Did you know of the wonderful health benefits of spices? Check this out:
I love that something that tastes so good is good for me too!
How do you start your day?
- Chai: Simple Ingredients, Major Benefits (mindbodygreen.com)
- Mid September, 2012. A Cuppa Tea for Rainy Weather (ganga108.wordpress.com)