Illaichi Chai | Cardamom Chai

The weather is cooling and Chai is back on our mind. Early morning, late evening, or in between it is a beautiful, relaxing drink. Meditative in its making, the joy and love that goes into it can be tasted in the end result. I love to make it while I am cleaning the kitchen in the evening, stirring periodically, and loving the aroma of the brewing chai. Then to cuddle up on the lounge with a cuppa – ah, heaven on a cold night.

Try some other Chai recipes too. Try Heavenly Gentle Chai, Ashram Chai, and Yogi Chai.

All of our Chai recipes are here. You might like to browse all of our Teas, and our Indian Recipes too. Or simply explore our Early Autumn recipes.

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Cumin, Coriander and Ginger Infusion (Tea)

Aahh, relax!

You find the most magical spice infusions in India. Although I still call them “teas”, technically, they are infusions or tisanes. In India, tea (chai) is only made from the leaves of the tea plant, often supplemented with spices.

Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series of recipes from our first blog which ran from 1995 – 2005. You might also like our Tea recipes here and here. Our Chai recipes are here. Or browse our Indian recipes here.

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Cardamom, Coriander and Fennel Herbal Tea | Ayurvedic CCF Tea

Try this tea/herbal infusion, but not before bed. It is slightly diuretic so may disturb your sleep. It is another of the great Spring Detox teas, all of which are a variation on a theme. This is one of the first such teas that I made, and was instantly aware of its properties. Oh the power of herbs and spices.

Please also check out a similar tea – Pitta Tea – also suitable for Spring. You might enjoy The Making of Herbal Teas, The 5 C’s Golden Spiced Tea, and Yogi Tea. All of our teas are here, and Ayurvedic Hints here. Or simply explore our Early Spring Recipes.

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Heavenly Gentle Chai

There is something about Chai that makes everything Ok again.

Chai. Aaah, the very word invokes relaxation. In colder weather it comes into its own with its warming, comforting and nourishing emotive qualities.

You might also like to try Seva Devi’s Ashram Chai, and Yogi Chai. What about Cardamom Spiced Coffee? Or for a herbal tea, there is Ginger and Tulsi Tea.

Feel free to browse all of our Chai recipes here, or our general Tea recipes here. All of our drinks can be found here. You might also enjoy to take some time and expore our easy Winter recipes or our easy Summer recipes.

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Strawberry and Peach Lassi with Basil

You know what? In hot weather I love a lassi, particularly a fruit lassi, for breakfast. Indian in origin, fruit lassi drinks mix yoghurt with fruit, spices and jaggery or sugar.

Today, there were peaches on the kitchen bench, strawberries in the fridge and basil in the garden. A beautiful breakfast was born in the shape of a lassi.

Why not also try our Mango Lassi and our Black Grape Lassi?

We have a range of sweet, fruit and salt lassi recipes for you to browse. You can explore all of our Yoghurt recipes here and here. The Drinks recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Early Summer recipes.

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Jal Jeera | Indian Minty Iced Summer Drink

It took me a long time to find the balance of flavours in Jal Jeera that suited me. Some attempts, carefully following recipes in some books picked up in India, were undrinkable. Knowing those books better now, they do tend to get ratios in their recipes out of balance. This recipe is a cracker and works well.

You do have to love your Indian spices though. Jal Jeera is a cooling Summery drink full of spices, with cumin and mint featuring. Do try it – it is a unusual drink for Western palates, but worth trying in hot weather if you do love spices.

Other cooling drinks you might enjoy are Mint and Lemon Verbena Iced Tea, Watermelon Juice with Mint and Ginger, and Jeera Lassi.

All of our Cooling Summer Drinks are here, or explore all of our Indian recipes. Our easy Early Summer Recipes are here.

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Pitta Tea | For Rainy Weather | A Household Essential

Rainy weather tea

I like to drink a cuppa tea each day. It can be anything, white, green, brown, black. Fermented. Not. Herbal, spices or flowers. Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Ayurvedic. Gingery. Minty. Rosebuds. Dried apples. Dried mandarin skins. You name it, I drink it. I even grow it! (Lemongrass, lemon verbena, cardamon leaves, kaffir lime leaves, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary…)

Just a note. In India, where so much of our tea comes from, Tea is Tea – real, proper, genuine tea. Anything else is something else. Here, “tea” means something, anything, that is infused in hot water.

Pitta tea, an ayurvedic tea very good for Rainy weather (here, late Autumn and late winter/pre spring weather), is quite drying, so I also make it when I need something to stop runny noses and other unpleasant symptoms of colds and flu.

You might like to also try The Making of Herbal Teas, The 5 C’s Golden Spiced Tea, and Yogi Tea. You can browse all our tea recipes.

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Sevadevi’s Ashram Chai

Made with Love

Long ago, my beautiful friend Sevadevi and I were talking about Chai, and she shared her recipe with me. Today I share it with you. Her Chai takes time, and it is in the time that the spices and tea release their flavours and your love and attention is infused into the chai. Make it while you are pottering around in the kitchen in the morning.

You might like to browse our Chai recipes here, or our general Tea recipes here. All of our drinks can be found here. Indian Recipes are here. You might also enjoy our Winter recipes here and here.

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Seasonal Cooking | Drinks and Sweet Things for Delicious Late Spring Days

Late Spring Inspiration for Healthy Living

Hot teas give way to cooling drinks and yoghurt, and sweet desserts play a transitioning role between the cooler weather and Summer. In the promise of heat, a cooling drink and a sweet snack are most welcome.

Enjoy some Drinks and Desserts for Late spring weather.

Celebrating Spring

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Black Grape Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink

Black grapes give this lassi a wonderful sweet tang.

Lassis are cooling drinks in the summer, refreshing yet satisfying. I often have a large lassi for breakfast. That is the case today – a quiet morning after a full week. Some fresh fruits and a grape lassi. The world is good!

You might like to also try Tomato Lassi or Salt Lassi. Or browse our wealth of lassi recipes. You might be looking for Grape recipes. Please also browse our Summer Recipes here and here.

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Sweet and Tangy Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink

This combination is delicious and more-ish.

You will love this lassi. It is one of the few sweet lassis that have been posted here, but it retains a tang due to the lime juice. The combination is delicious and more-ish. Top with a dusting of cinnamon or cardamom powder if you must. Or garnish with slices of strawberry.

Lassi Drinks come in 3 different flavours – fruit, sweet and salty – and sweet is the most popular. It is often available on the street, and as yoghurt is generally made 3 times a day in milk and cheese shops, it is always fresh. They will be served to you in clay cups.

As a rule, a plain sweet lassi is made with a 4:1 yoghurt water ratio while salt lassi is thinner, perhaps 3:1 or even 2:1 ratio. In India the thick layer of yoghurt cream that naturally forms on home made yoghurt is used as a garnish on the lassi. If you want a richer lassi, add a little cream before churning, or put a spoonful of cream on the top and serve with a spoon.

Are you looking for other lassi recipes? Try our Lassi recipes for mango lassi, cumin lassi, raita lassi, chilli and coriander lassi and many others. All of our Drinks recipes are here and here. Or browse all of our Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.

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Cucumber Lassi | Indian Savoury Yoghurt Drink

When summer hits, a blended drink made from cooling cucumber and yoghurt is an excellent choice.

A cooling lassi for hot summer weather. The yoghurt and the cucumber are both cooling in nature, so the effect of a Cucumber Lassi is immediate.

We have a wealth of lassi recipes. You can browse them all here. Some favourites are the Simplest Lassi, a Cumin Lassi, and Mango Lassi. Or explore all of our Drinks here and here. You might like our Summer recipes here and here.

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Strawberry Lassi | Indian Sweet Yoghurt Drink

Cool off with a Strawberry Yoghurt Drink | Lassi, ice cold of course.

With the weather up around 40C, it is definitely time for an ice cold strawberry lassi, the clasical fruit yoghurt drink of North India that is cooling, nourishing and beautifully flavoured.

We have a wealth of lassi recipes. You can browse them all here. Some favourites are the Simplest Lassi, a Cumin Lassi, and Mango Lassi. Or try a Strawberry Frappe. Explore our other Strawberry recipes here and here. Our Yoghurt recipes are here and here.

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Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi as you have never tasted before. Very different from restaurant lassi drinks.

You will be surprised when you make Mango Lassi at home. It is very different to the ones in restaurants. Extraordinarily flavoured, thick and mango-y.

We have a range of sweet, fruit and salt lassi recipes for you to browse. Try Black Grape Lassi, Chilli and Coriander Lassi and the Simplest Lassi.

Explore all of our Yoghurt recipes here and here. The Drinks recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.

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Tomato Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink | Tomato Salt Lassi

The cooling drink of India – the yoghurt-based Lassi – is combined with the fruit of Summer – tomatoes.

These hot days demand cold, cooling drinks. For the moment, I am making a lassi first thing in the morning. Such a healthy start to the day.

A Lassi is a yoghurt based drink, blended with spices, and can be savoury or sweet. Sweet lassi has fruits as an integral ingredient. Savory or salt lassi has spices and possibly vegetables, like this Tomato Lassi. This is not a common lassi, so I hope you enjoy the tomato-y flavour.

Are you looking for other lassi recipes? Try our Lassi recipes for mango lassi, cumin lassi, raita lassi, chilli and coriander lassi and many others. All of our Drinks recipes are here and here. Or browse all of our Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.

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