Drinking chai increases peace of mind and promotes health. It is said it improves your digestion, strengthens the immune system, decreases inflammation, acts as an antioxidant and has anti-cancer properties, if enjoyed every day.
Making your own chai at home is very easy, enjoyable and makes the house smell heavenly—a terrific way to start the day!
Chai is made of a delicious blend of spices and is a wonderful way of skipping your coffee. You can add green or black tea as well to satisfy your caffeine needs.
You will need:
- 1 tablespoon fennel seed
- 1 tablespoon anise
- 12 cloves, ¼ teaspoon pepper corns
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ¼ cup freshly grated ginger root
In a saucepan boil 6 cups of water. Add the spices and the freshly grated ginger. Bring to a boil, cover and turn down to a simmer, for 30 minutes. Now add 2 tablespoons of loose green tea, or black tea or rooibos as a caffeine-free alternative. (If you use tea bags, just add 2)
Using a strainer, pour the tea into a thermos to keep warm or pour the tea directly into your cup. Enjoy with a splash of whole milk or the alternative milk of your choice and sweeten with honey or stevia.
Let the flavorful aroma and spices warm you.