Happy Holidays Chai

Dec 1, 2009

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
Serves 6

1 cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
3 black peppercorns
3 cloves
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!