Spicy Hot Chai

The ultimate soul-drink, warm and creamy chai is good in moderation for all the doshas in winter. It combines the sweetness of dairy with pungent spices and the bitter flavor of black tea. If you avoid caffeine, try replacing the black tea with rooibos.
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The ultimate soul-drink, warm and creamy chai is good in moderation for all the doshas in winter. It combines the sweetness of dairy with pungent spices and the bitter flavor of black tea. If you avoid caffeine, try replacing the black tea with rooibos.

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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp whole cardamom
  • 4 tsp whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 stars of anise
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger,
  • peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups whole or almond milk 8 bags black tea

Preparation

Combine first six ingredients in a square of cheesecloth, tied. Lightly pound with a rolling pin to crush spices slightly.

In a large pot over high heat, combine milk, 4 cups water, and spice bundle and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, 15 minutes.

Increase heat to high to bring milk mixture back to a boil; remove from heat immediately. Add tea bags and let steep, 5 minutes. Strain, and sweeten to taste with honey or raw sugar if desired.

Recipe courtesy of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 77
  • Carbohydrate Content: 7 g
  • Fat Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g