Chai tea to ward off colds
Since it seems like most people I know are fighting colds right now, it occurred to me to share the recipe with you. It’s become such a staple in our house over the winter months that I’d forgotten others may not know it.
I want to give full credit for this one to my old yoga teacher, Marilyn, who in turn credits it to an ancient Hindu recipe.
One of the reasons I like this recipe is that you can be a bit loose with the quantities so if you put in 30 instead of 20, it really doesn’t matter. That’s my kind of recipe!
20 cardamon pods – crush the pods slightly with a rolling pin
20 whole black peppercorns
5 pieces of cinnamon bark
3 dried red chillis
1.5 inches of fresh ginger, finely sliced
½ inch of grated turmeric root OR 1.5 tsp dried turmeric
2 normal black tea bags or 5 redbush tea bags
5 pints of boiling water, which is approximately 2 kettles full.
Honey and full fat milk, coconut milk or plant milk of preference
Put everything except the tea bags in a large pan and boil it all together for 20mins.
After 20mins, add in the tea bags and simmer for an additional 5mins.
Strain the liquid through a colander into a large bowl.
Serve really hot with milk and honey.
The tea can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.