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Healing Garam Chai

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Healing Garam Chai

Here is the best recipe for a healing and soothing garam chai. Chai tea is delicious and the spices combat the mucus forming qualities of cows milk. drink this whenever your digestion needs a pep up. 

GARAM CHAI RECIPE

Serves 4

Time: 15 minutes

 

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Materials:

  • medium saucepan
  • fine mesh strainer
  • spoon
  • ginger grater

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cup organic milk **
  • 3 Tbsp. red Rooibos tea (or you can use black tea from India)
  • 1/5 inch cube of fresh ginger root, chopped or grated (you can use dry ginger powder 1 tsp.) 
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick (broken)
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 7 peppercorns
  • 7 whole cloves
  • honey to taste

What to Do:

Boil water in sauce pan, add spices and turn heat to low. Add the tea and boil for 8 minutes.

Add the milk and cook additional 2 minutes.

Strain the tea, and wait until it is slightly cooler before adding the honey.

** You can use other types of milk such as cashews, coconut or almond. Make sure you don’t over boil these as they tend to curdle. 

 

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Ayurvedic Detox Rice Dish

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Ayurvedic Detox Rice Dish

Ayurvedic Detox Rice Dish 

Serves 2

 

Ingredients:

1 cup brown basmati rice, organic

1.5 tbsp ghee or canola oil

⅓ cup black mustard seeds

1 to 2 cinnamon sticks

4 cloves

salt to taste 

3 cup water (more for adding) 

 

Procedure:

Rinse rice.

In a pot dry roast rice slightly on medium high heat. (until pop corn smell emits).

Add oil to a separate pan and dry roast spices (add cinnamon stick, cloves and mustard seeds, as soon as they pop, add to rice with ghee or oil. Stir for 2 minutes than add water. Keep stirring to combine. Make sure the rice is fully cooked, this will take about 12 to 17 minutes, depending on the heat. Add salt and serve. 

* optional to add 1 cup chopped veggies at the last 5 minutes of cooking. 

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Chai - The Spicy Truth! - by Shivaun Dipshan

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Chai - The Spicy Truth! - by Shivaun Dipshan

If you’re tying to kick your coffee addiction, one healthy alternative is to drink chai, a spiced milk tea from India. Unlike coffee, chai has an array of health benefits due to its exotic blend of spices. 

Chai tea was created by Ayurveda, the traditional and holistic medicine of India. Since Ayurvedic medicine works with each individual’s body constitution, the spices used in chai can vary based on what your body needs. 

Chai typically consists of black tea, milk, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper. Other popular spices used are fennel seeds, star anise and saffron. 

All of these spices contain medicinal and healing properties such as aiding the digestive tract, boosting your metabolism and excreting toxins from the body.  Although the spices are infused together to make chai, it’s important to analyze the health properties of each ingredient so you can create your own therapeutic concoction. 

Black tea

Black tea contains many antioxidants which help boost the immune system and fight inflammation.

Cardamom

Widely used in Indian cooking, this spice helps detoxify the body and is especially beneficial for the lungs, kidneys and heart. 

Cinnamon 

Aside from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, studies show that cinnamon can increase circulation and help reduce fatigue. 

Cloves

Cloves help aid the digestion process and have pain-relieving and antiseptic
properties. 

Fennel seeds

This powerhouse herb has many antioxidant properties, helps relieve water retention and aids digestion. 

Ginger

This root has been used for centuries to aid digestion and reduce inflammation. It is also used as a stimulant for the immune and circulatory systems. 

Black pepper

Commonly used to support our metabolism and circulation, black pepper also provides antibacterial and antioxidant benefits. 

Saffron

Saffron has been used to relieve a plethora of aliments since it provides a good source of essential minerals and vitamins.

Star anise

The star-shaped fruit is known to contain antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Given the aromatic flavors and vital health benefits chai provides, its no wonder that it has grown in popularity and is now being offered in coffee shops. However, to gain the full health benefits of this drink, we would recommend making your own brew at home since many of the commercial chai concentrates contain added sugars. 

How to make Masala Chai - Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk (if you are using skim, 1 percent or a milk substitute, use half milk and half water)
  • 1-2 black tea bags (Assam, Darjeeling, Ceylon)
  • 2 cardamom pods 
  • 2-3 whole black peppercorns
  • 1-2 pieces of cinnamon
  • 2-3 slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 strand of saffron (if available)
  • sugar or sweetener to taste

Directions:

1.    Press the cardamom seeds until they crack. Bring the water, tea bags and spices to a boil. 

2.    Boil for 3-5 minutes or until the tea is black and the water has been reduced. The boiling process is very important because it helps infuse the spices together. 

3.    Add the milk and continue simmering on a low flame. 

4.    Turn off the heat and let the mixture steep for 2 minutes. 

5.    Strain out tea and spices. 

6.    Add sugar or a sweetener to taste. 

 

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