- 3 or 4 qt. pot
- 10 oz water
- 3 whole cloves
- 4 whole green cardamom pods cracked
- 4 whole black peppercorns
- ½ cinnamon stick
- 2 slices of fresh ginger root
- ¼ tsp black tea
- ½ c whole cow's milk or milk substitute
- Bring the water to a boil and add the spices.
- Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add the black tea.
- Let sit for a few minutes, then add the milk and return to a boil. Avoid letting it boil over.
- When the chai reaches a boil, remove it immediately from the heat and strain.
- Sweeten with maple syrup, if desired, and enjoy.
Chai is health-promoting, delicious, soothing, and a great coffee substitute. It is also a good digestive aid. The benefits of Chai would fill pages. In the science of yogic foods the spices used are said to have the following properties:
- Black pepper: blood purifier, digestive aid
- Cardamom pods: digestive aid
- Cloves: beneficial to the nervous system, digestive aid
- Cinnamon: strengthens the bones, digestive aid, demulcent
- Ginger root: healing for colds and flu, increases energy, digestive aid