So you may or may not be a fan of coffee but these days it doesnt really matter if you dont like coffee as there are so many yummy alternatives to it! So you can still go on coffee and brunch dates with your girlfriends and get an awesome drink!
Better still you can make yourself a yummy hot immune boosting drink from home.
I say be careful when ordering a chai or turmeric latte out and about, so many hidden sugars in them. You will notice it quite simply, when it tastes like a hot soft drink!
This recipe will delight you, as its not your boring chai tea bag or nothing like the flavoured syrups used in coffee shops in Australia – way more delicious and actually healing.
The origins of Chai tea comes from Indian history and the ancient medicinal philosophy of Ayurveda. So traditionally, each family would have their own recipe based on the constitutions of family members.
The blend of spices contains medicinal and healing properties such as relaxing the digestive tract, elevating the metabolism, and increasing waste and toxin excretion.
Why is it healthy?
The spices are all wonderfully supportive to digestion and the respiratory tract so perfect for winter sickness: Cloves – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, calming and soothing to the gut and lungs Cinnamon – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, improves circulation, balances blood-sugar levels Cardamon – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, improves circulation, calming and soothing to the gut Ginger – improves circulation, anti-inflammatory especially to the gut, respiratory and muscular-skeletal systems Turmeric – powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and supports liver function (and, therefore, digestion) Coconut oil – anti-microbial and offers immune support. It also helps to support the assimilation of the fat-soluble nutrients in the spices. Vanilla – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
Depending on your dietary requirements there are a few suggestions below to suit along with the main recipe.
This immune supportive recipe is easy to make and super delicious.
PREP 5 MINUTES | COOK 5 MINUTES | TOTAL 10 MINUTES |SERVES: 1
250 ml full-fat organic , unhomogenised milk (in India it was always raw), or half milk, half water (see variations for dairy-free)
½ cinnamon quill
3 cardamon pods, bruised by pressing with a knife handle
2 slices fresh ginger root
1 tea bag (fair-trade black, white or green tea or rooibos tea for caffeine-free)*
Pinch turmeric powder (or a slice of fresh root if you have it), optional but highly recommended for its benefits
½-1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil, or ghee (optional)
Pinch of vanilla powder, optional
Honey or rice malt syrup, to sweeten
*Rooibos tea is available from the tea aisle of supermarkets or health food stores. (great for anyone who is caffeine sensitive)
In a small pot, place your milk, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and ginger and bring to a very low simmer for 5 minutes. If you are using the fresh root of turmeric, add this now too.
Add the tea bag and continue to simmer very gently for a few more minutes.
I just use a spoon to hold the solids aside as I pour the delicious liquid into a cup to enjoy.
Sweeten to taste and mix in the optional turmeric powder, coconut oil, ghee and vanilla powder.
Substitute the milk for either almond milk or a mix of almond milk and coconut milk for a creamier chai.
Sweeten with rice malt syrup.
Replace the coconut oil with ghee or just leave it out.