Spring Chai Recipe
Spring Chai Recipe
By Carla Beasley, Ayurvedic Practitioner at The Nourishment Garden
The Ayurvedic science of food and diet is vast and comprehensive. Through Ayurveda we can come to understand how what we eat influences every aspect of our health and wellbeing, from the herbs and spices we select for each and every meal to the way they are prepared and consumed.
The word ‘chai’ basically means ‘tea’ in Hindi. Chai that would be considered Ayurvedic primarily takes into consideration the season and can also be prepared based on the individual constitution. It’s a medicinal brew that helps to cleanse and nourish the body and mind.
Spring is just around the corner, with that in mind I wanted to share this delicious seasonal recipe
It’s caffeine free and a great replacement for your regular coffee or black tea if you want to cut back or remove caffeine from your diet. You can have this in the morning or use a thermos to sip throughout the day.
I recommend using organic spices where possible for the most nutritional and medicinal benefits.
WHAT YOU NEED
> Fresh ginger - 1/2 inch piece sliced
> Green cardamom x 4
> Black Cardamon x 2
> Cinnamon stick x 2
> Cloves x 4
> Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
> Black pepper - 2 whole
> Ajwain seeds - 1/2 tsp (you can pick these up from most Indian supermarkets)
> Water - 1.5 cups
> Milk (Organic un-homogenised) - 2 cups (optional, you can add more water if you wish to instead)
WHAT TO DO
1. Add water and ginger to saucepan and place on heat.
2. Place spices in mortar and pestle and grind together until the aromas begin to release.
3. Add spice mix to water and bring to boil
4. Immediately add milk and bring back to boil, then simmer for 1 minute
5. Strain ingredients and serve hot.
** If you’d like to add honey as a sweetener, wait until the chai has cooled. If honey is heated at high temperatures, according to Ayurveda it will lose it’s healing qualities and becomes poisonous if consumed. You can also use raw sugar instead if you would like that extra sweet taste.
If you'd love to know more about including Ayurvedic rituals and recipes in your life from day to day, Carla will be presenting a brand new event for Nourish Melbourne on Wednesday 31 August - Nurture Your Nature: Self Care Through Ayurveda. Find out more and get your tickets here.