Spices for healthy living

Hot Masala Chai

YIELD: 4 servings        PREP TIME: 10 min        COOK TIME: 15 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 large piece of candied ginger (minced) or 1/3 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, lightly crushed
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 14 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 4 black tea bags or equivalent loose tea
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk or cow’s milk
  • honey or liquid sweetener to taste
  • 4 tablespoons creamer (optional as desired)

 

Instructions:

Add all spices and tea to water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Add milk and sweetener. Increase to medium-high heat, watching and stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to foam at the edges (just before boiling).  Strain and adjust sweetness to taste. Serve in mugs topped with a few of the whole spices if desired. Add extra creamer or milk as desired.

 

Featured Spices:

Ginger                Cardamom        Cinnamon          Cloves

            

 

Notes:

Store any leftover chai in a sealed container in your refrigerator to be warmed and enjoyed at another time.