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Compliments of Diana Dyer, MS, RD
chai is either too sweet or too spicy for my tastes. However,
it is a very healthful drink filled with natural compounds that
have health-promoting properties. So I looked around for recipes
and fiddled with some to come up with a drink that is mildly spicy
and can be adjusted to ones own level of sweetness desired.
Just typing this recipe fills my senses with its robust aroma!
cup of bulk green tea leaves plus 2 Tbsp. of bulk black tea
Tbsp. dried chopped ginger (I found this at a
natural food store)
Tbsp. cinnamon chips broken into small pieces (put
2 sticks in a small zip lock bag and hit several times with
a rolling pin to break into small pieces)
Tbsp. whole cloves
Tbsp. whole cardamon seeds (also found in a natural
teaspoons whole anise star seeds (from natural
food store can purchase in bulk)
teaspoons whole black peppercorns
the tea and spices
2 Tbsp. of the blend to 2 cups of liquid in a small saucepan.
I use one cup of unflavored soymilk and one cup of water if
I am going to serve it hot.
use 3 Tbsp. of mix and 2 cups of soymilk if I am going to chill
it with ice cubes.
gently for 20 minutes and then strain out the tea leaves and
spices. (Try to keep from boiling.) Dont
skimp on the time of simmering. Sweeten to taste with honey.
recipe makes enough for 32 cups of chai and fits into a 4x6
teas and spices all have components with cancer-fighting activity,
so feel free to enjoy this traditional drink from India often.