Written by Elizabeth McLean @ Health Wiz
Chai is a beverage from the Indian subcontinent which is made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. Commonly used ingredients include green tea, ginger root, cardamom pods or seeds, star anise, cinammon sticks and cloves. Chai has become very popluar world-wide as an alternative to European coffee or English tea (and is one of my personal favourites!)
Not only is Chai a delicious and warming drink, but each of the herbs and spices included have their own unique healing properties. Today I went to the Adelaide Fringe in South Australia and had the most delicious vegan, soy chai with no added sugar – it’s inspired me to share this lovely recipe for home-made Chai with you (this recipe was given to me years ago by a good friend and is delicious.)
Home Made Chai
1) Grate 1 tsp of ginger into a medium saucepan with a tight lid.
2) Using a Mortar and pestle grind the following:
– Cardamom pods / seeds (5-6 pods)
– Star Anise (1-2)
– Cinnamon sticks / powder (1-2 sticks)
– Cloves (1-2)
3) Add ground spices to saucepan with 1 tablespoon of organic honey (or sweeten to taste).
4) Add 500ml of boiling water.
5) Bring to the boil then simmer for 2-4 minutes. Keep lid on!
6) Add 1 tsp loose leaf green tea and ½ tsp loose leaf black tea.
7) Add 500ml soy milk / rice milk / non-homogenised or pasteurised cow’s milk and bring to the boil again.
8) Strain to a large jug and enjoy! Makes 1 litre of Chai.