Chai Tea – Spices from India 

Chai has been gaining in popularity for several years now. The classic Indian spiced chai tea, sometimes also called yogi tea, does not actually contain any tea at all. Instead, it’s a spice mix of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and black pepper. These spices are said to have a warming effect in Ayurveda, the classical Indian art of healing. Originally, the spices were briefly crushed in a mortar and pestle before adding to a pot of water and being brought to the boil. Milk and sugar were added, it was heated again and allowed to steep for a few minutes. Then the brewed “tea” was poured through a sieve and served. 

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Today Chai Tea is offered loose, in tea bags and even as powder. From it, the famous Indian Chai can easily be prepared with milk and little fuss. Here’s an easy way: simply froth hot milk and mix with the chai spice blend. You’re allowed to drink milky chai tea from phase 2 if  you have milk on your food list – but please, enjoy it only with your meal and do not use any other protein source for that meal.

Homemade Chai Recipe – metabolic balance Monday Recipe (Treat Drink)

Chai is an exotic drink that will fill your nostrils with an amazing blend of seasonings.

If you would like to include chai with your meal without making it a treat drink, remove the milk and the sugar.

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Ingredients:

Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods

Basic Ingredients

  • 6 cups cold water
  • 6 bags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)

Treat Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

Instructions:

  • Place the first five ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Gently crush the spices in the pan.
  • Add 6 cups of water and bring it to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and partially cover the pan.
  • Gently simmer the spices in the water for ten minutes.
  • Remove from pan from the heat.
  • Add tea bags and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags.
  • Add milk and sugar.
  • Bring tea to simmer.
  • whisk until sugar dissolves.
  • Strain the ingredients into a teapot and serve.