Yogi Chai is a tea best made with mindfulness and care. Although it takes some time, a pot or thermos full can be made to sip during the day. And the base ingredients can be refrigerated and used again for tomorrow’s brew.
Chai tea is not only delicious, but also detoxifying, good for those who have been under stress.
Add Yogi Chai to your list of meditative things to do in your kitchen. Like grinding spices. Stirring risotto. Chopping huge bunches of herbs. Whipping cream by hand. Making ghee. Watching yoghurt drain.
Yogi Chai (Tea)
Source : given to me by my daughter many years ago
Cuisine: Indian style
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves: many cups
A Dstspn is a dessertspoon, a UK measure of 10 ml or 2 – 2.5 teaspoons.
2 Dstspns cloves
2 Dstspns black pepper (whole)
2 Dstspns licorice root (whole)
4 Dstspns cardamom pods (whole) or use cardamom leaves if you have them
3 cinnamon sticks
6 – 8 slices fresh ginger root
1 black tea bag (optional)
Boil the above in 4 – 5 cups of water for 10 – 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat and add one tea bag if using. Allow to draw for 2 minutes and remove the tea bag.
Pour out 1/2 – 2/3 cup through a strainer. Add organic honey to taste if desired and 1/3 cup of milk or soy milk.
If you prefer to drink without milk, add hot water to 1/2 – 2/3 cup of the tea. I often make the tea, then add another 5 cups water, allow to cool then store in the fridge. I heat up a cup each morning. It can be consumed at a cooler temperature in summer.
The same batch of spices can be used for 1 week. Add more ginger root on the fourth day. When reheating the spices, bring them to the boil and simmer for 3 – 5 minutes. Don’t add any additional black tea after the initial making of the batch.
You can add 1 tspn of ginger powder to the batch for a stronger ginger Yogi Tea. Or use more fresh ginger and black pepper.
This is a very cleansing tea. it is recommended that you DO NOT DRINK MORE THAN 2 CUPS PER DAY. The ideal time is in the morning after yoga, and in the evening after work. Allow 45 minutes before eating.
Enjoy the feeling of this drink on a hot summers night. You can drink it cold with some apricot juice! It is also beautiful added to porridge.
More recently I have begun to grind the spices to a powder. I add about a dessertspoon to milk as I heat it, with a touch of ghee and some jaggery/sugar. Delicious.
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