Chai has become one of my favorite Ayurveda treats. While a Chai Latte is ubiquitous at most coffee stores you have to be careful as many of them are made from a Chai concentrate which while delicious offers none of the benefits of a real Chai. The benefit of Chai is the warming, healing, and comforting spices.
Below is a basic recipe for Chai for two. I actually make it without the tea and sugar every time – which is how you should drink it when you are on a cleanse – but included those steps here as that is the traditional way I know many will prefer. The point is this is by no means a prescriptive recipe – play with it and adjust to your taste and let me know how you go!
Chai Tea for Two
- 2 cups of water
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 green cardamom pods
- 2 cloves
- Dash of nutmeg
- Optional: ½ teaspoon chai spice (I have been using this homemade Chai spice blend from a local spice company Sonoma Spice Queen. This is an optional step – you can add more of less of any spice you like to make it your own.)
- ½ cup of milk (You can use any milk you like. Ayurveda recommends organic, whole milk and for those of you who can’t do dairy use your favorite dairy alternative – I use almond or cashew milk)
- 2 black tea bags (Black tea is the traditional choice but feel free to substitute for your favorite)
- 1 tablespoon sugar (try to avoid white sugar and use coconut or raw cane sugar instead)
- Bring the water to a boil over high heat and once boiling add the spices. Turn spiced water down to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes uncovered.
- Add the milk and bring back up to a boil. Be careful when you add the milk as it tends to boil over!
- Once milk is boiling, bring it back down to low, add tea and sugar, stir and simmer for 5-10 minutes uncovered.
- Take off the heat and pour through a strainer into each cup.