Winter is a time for chai, which is one of the most wonderfully warming and stimulating and good tasting thing is you can drink in winter that is truly healthy for you.
Literally translated, Chai means “tea”, funny enough. As you can see, calling it “chai tea” is a bit redundant. Funny, no? This article over at Mental Floss will give you some very interesting chai word history: Don’t “Chai and “Tea” both mean the same thing?
Give the following recipe a try at home in your crock pot. Ingredients are easily found at any health food store including the Outpost, Whole Foods and such. Done right, this is far better and healthier than the often over – sweetened, syrupy versions that you may find it coffee shops in United States.
This is a recipe to be modified to suit your taste.
First, buy the following ingredients from the Outpost store (or other health food store):
- 4 TB Green Cardamom Pods, crushed
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 10-15 2” cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp black pepper corns
- 6 quarter-sized pieces fresh ginger root
- 4-6 cups milk alternative (almond milk or cashew milk)
- Optional: few drops stevia extract as sweetener (stevia can also be bought in a powder form)
- 2 black tea bags
Directions: Bring 1 ½ gallons of water to a boil in large pot. Add above herbs. Lower heat to a simmer & simmer for 60 minutes. Strain herbs. If you prefer to add black tea, at this point steep black tea bags for 5-10 minutes (steep: to let tea bags sit in hot water). The final step is to add milk substitute & stevia & serve warm. Refrigerate remainder of tea, for later use (re-heat before drinking again).