NOURISH

A COLLECTION OF RECIPES FROM THE HEART & SOUL

Home-brewed Chai

There’s nothing quite like a cup of steaming chai, especially as the temperature starts to drop. I love curling up with big fluffy blankets, with a book and delightful cup of chai for company.

While it is easier to run out and buy chai from a store, a home-brewed one is much more satisfying. The aroma from the spices and tea brewing fills the air with a sense of nourishment and warmth – all the essentials for a healthy, loving winter.

Here is my chai recipe, a necesesary in my home the cooler months and hopefully yours too. This recipe can become a base tea for other nutritious elixirs like Golden Turmeric Tea.


Ingredients

A warming tea infused with spices that is warming and nourishing for the body. 

 

  • 1 tsp black pepper (Ground or whole)
  • 3-5 pod cardamom s
  • 5-8 cloves
  • 3-5 star anise
  • 1-2 cinnammon sticks (Ground or whole)
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1.2 litres water
  • 3 bags black tea
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar (optional)

Method

  1. Set a pot of water to boil (about 1.2 litres).
  2. Gather your spices then grate the fresh ginger. It is not a must to grate and you have the option to use sliced ginger. I prefer grated ginger to get more of the ginger goodness out of it.
  3. Once the water comes to a slight boil, throw in the spices.
  4. After 3 minutes, set all tea bags into the simmering spices.
  5. Allow the tea and spices some time to cook together. You can choose to add in a sweetener at this stage. I use cane sugar as a preferred sweetener.

Note: If honey is your choice of sweetener, I recommend adding it into the tea after you have served it in a cup or mug. 

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