Thursday, December 21, 2006
RECIPE ~ Green Chai Tea
I love to start the day with a pot of fresh, hot chai made with green tea and sweetened with vanilla rice milk (even better with vanilla soy milk!). For gifts this holiday I made little packets of my blend of chai spices for friends to make their own brew at home. I thought I'd share the recipe!
See a cup of this milky chai recipe on an earlier post with a recipe for an excellent breakfast for each dosha.
1 cup dry green tea leaves
1/2 cup dry black tea leaves (orange pekoe, earl grey, darjeeling...)
1 Tbsp ginger powder
1 Tbsp whole cloves
1 Tbsp crushed cinnamon sticks
2 tsp cardamom powder
(add 1 tsp crushed fennel seeds for a lovely accent!)
Combine all ingredients and store in a jar or tin. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of dry green chai mix.
Place one teaspoon of the chai mix in a metal tea ball or reuseable cloth tea bag. Or spoon one teaspoon per cup of hot water into a teapot. Steep several minutes and serve with milk (dairy or non-dairy) and sweetener.
Alternately, boil the mixture in a pot, simmering for 10 minutes or more, with extra slices of fresh ginger for an excellently pungent brew: use 1 cup of liquid (half water/half milk (dairy or non-dairy) is very nice) with 1 tsp chai mix for each cup of tea. Sweeten with honey or sugar if desired.
FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
VATAS an excellent Vata tea; use any milk and sweeten with honey or sugar (sucanat or turbinado)
PITTAS due to the spicy cloves and ginger, make a weaker tea; use any milk and sweeten with sugar (sucanat or turbinado) or maple syrup
KAPHAS an excellent Kapha tea; use soy milk and sweeten with honey