Homemade Chai
There's nothing more tasty than a warm cup of homemade chai when the cold weather kicks in. This is my own personal favorite chai recipe that I will vary as needed to mix it up from time to time. The ginger and cardamon are good for the digestion to keep the digestive fire strong in the winter. The fresh ginger is also a good stimulant for the immune system in the cooler weather. The cinnamon is good for circulation and will also help balance the blood sugar. I prefer the nut milk to add a little protein and nutty flavor but you can make it with regular milk as well.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tsp cardamon pods
  • 1 tsp cardamon powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 5 tsp black tea of your choice (I usually use Assam or you can also
  • use Rooibos for a decaf chai)
  • 1/2" or 1" of fresh ginger grated
  • Small handful of cashews and 2-3 brazil nuts
  • Water
  • Honey to taste
In a French Press:

First I make the tea mixture by combining the first 4 ingredients in a small container. Then lightly crush the cardamon pods within the mixture and shake to mix it all together. You can double or triple this mix so you don't have to make it every time.

Take nuts & 2 cups of water and blend on high until it looks like milk with little if any debris at the bottom. Then boil the milk as you boil some water in a teapot.

Put about 3-4 Tbls of the tea mix in the french press and then add the fresh ginger & honey (1tsp-1Tbls). Once the milk & water are to a boil pour them both in and let it sit for about 10mins then enjoy!

In a Pot:

This is the more traditional way and it cooks the ginger a little better so you can taste it more.

First I make the tea mixture by combining the first 4 ingredients in a small container. Then lightly crush the cardamon pods within the mixture and shake to mix it all together. You can double or triple this mix so you don't have to make it every time.

Take nuts and 2 cups of water and blend on high until it looks like milk with little if any debris at the bottom and set aside.

Boil about 4 cups of water in a pan and then add 3-4 Tbls of the tea mixture and simmer for 5-10mins. Then bring back to a full boil and add the ginger while boiling for 30 seconds.  Add milk & honey to taste, do not bring back to a boil just warm enough for your liking. Strain and enjoy!

If you prefer to buy the tea already mixed or to try a new mixture, check out Townshends Tea. It's a local favorite here in Portland, my favorites are the Alberta Chai (smokey very unique flavor) and the more traditional Masala Chai but they are all fantastic depending on what you're in the mood for.

Enjoy!
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