This Chai recipe was given to me by a man selling spices – who appeared one day at a farmer’s market – and then never returned again! He handed me this most amazing recipe and then disappeared from my life. I like to imagine him, like the movie Chocolat, traveling from town to town dispensing his medicine…
If I had known just how life-changing delicious this Chai is, that I would make it every day for a month, that its anti-inflammation herbal medicine would make me feel better and better each time I drank it – I would have hugged him! So, to the man out there with the freshest ground spices and the best chai recipe: thank you! And here for you all – is his recipe:
Best Ever Chai Tea Recipe:
1 cup milk (I use coconut milk from Trader’s Joe)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger powder
4 whole peppercorns
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 – 1 tsp raw honey
process: 1. Pour milk into a stove pot.
Note: This is very creamy Chai. You can replace some of the milk, and cut it with water if you prefer.
2. Set to a low heat, add all of the spices, coconut oil, and vanilla
3. Warm for 20 minutes, never boiling – just warming through
4. Pour into a mug, or strain out spices if you prefer
5. Add honey to taste
Drink this Chai regularly, as a tonic – it can help balance blood sugar, support detoxification, strengthen your immunity and soothe inflammation. So good for seasons in life where you feel physically and emotionally overwhelmed – the spices which make chai so delicious – can also help your body manage stress. That’s a pretty sweet two-for-one deal! Herbal remedies like Chai, taken regularly, are one of the best ways internally to remedy chronic external inflammation, like acne and eczema.(1) If this is something you’re dealing with – strip your skincare down to the basics, simple ingredients only – and eat more anti-inflammatory rich foods, like a daily cup of chai.
All those warming, stimulating spices – so good to wake up the body. In my research, I learned that Chai is often prescribed in Ayurveda to stimulate our digestive fire and enhance digestion throughout the day.
Such a great ritual to start the morning with!
If you’re worried that you don’t have the time in the mornings to make Chai tea, my new roots shared a great idea for making a big batch at once. There are many different ways to make a Chai, but either way, make it yours!