Happy Holidays Chai
photo credit: Wikimedia Commons\SwingingUvula
I was so busy having a calm and relaxing pre-holiday holiday, it just occurred to me that I should probably bring some little gifties to the folks with whom I’m eating Christmas dinner! Most people don’t need more STUFF. (goodness knows I don’t – I just moved and cleared out so much STUFF that I never want to buy anything again!!)
So here’s my idea, combining my passions for food and herbs: homemade chai tea mix. I put together the recipe from 2 cookbooks: The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook by Amrita Sondhi, and The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Amadala Morningstar, plus some herbal & preparation touches of my own.
Rooibos is a hearty tea that contains no caffeine, and is high in vitamin C. All the lovely spices are warming and anti-microbial, perfect for winter! And, this is my first winter with my cat named Chai — ahhhh, the synchronicity!)
Rooibos Mint Chai Tea Mix
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
3 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon dried ginger
—> simmer above in 4 cups water for 20-30 minutes.
Add —> 2 cups milk (cow, almond, soy, etc: your choice)
simmer gently for 5 minutes, to warm the milk
Pour over —> 4 rooibos teabags + 2 mint teabags
Steep 10-15 minutes.
Strain, and add sweetener to taste (honey, agave, etc: your choice).
Happy happy holidays!