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Chai Tea-Special for Mothers Day

 

 

Try this recipe for your special Mom this Mothers Day!

 

So many of my clients are in to Chai tea and pay an arm and a leg for it in specialty tea and coffee shops. I thought I would post a recipe for those of you who would like to try making this delicious warming drink at home. To me, a cup of Chai tea after a meal or in the middle of the afternoon is a real treat-feels almost like a guilt free desert!.

Originating from India, the word “chai” means “tea” in much of the world.. According to Ayurvedic medicine, masala chai has many healing properties. They say it boosts the immune system, enhances metabolism, reduces stress,  improves  digestion and sharpens our thinking. Now, that’s a tall order from a cup of tea.

You can find hundreds of chai recipes from all over the globe.
Try out this recipe and then have fun creating your own personal blend.  You can experiment by adding different types of tea, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, nutmeg, star anise, lavender, and lemon peel to create your own favorite blend.

This recipe is good for two cups of Chai tea so share with a friend (or your Mother).

  • 2 cups cold water
  • One  cinnamon stick, broken up in pieces
  • 1 tablespoon loose black tea
  • Seed of 3 cardamom pods
  • One ¼-inch-thick slice fresh ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 black peppercorns
  • ½ cup coconut milk or light coconut cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • Grated peel of ½ an orange

1. Bring water to a boil in small saucepan. Add cinnamon, tea, and spices; cover. Boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Steep for 5 minutes. Add honey and coconut cream.

2. Pour mixture through fine wire-mesh strainer into a teapot, discarding solids. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

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