Meatless Monday – Chai Chai

Chai is tea. Here’s a recipe:

For tea spice, blend green cardamom, black pepper, clove, nutmeg, mace and dry ginger. Play with the amounts until you find a combination that you like. More ginger and cardamom with less clove, nutmeg and black pepper is an ideal ratio to start with. You can also add in a little cinnamon if you wish.

  1. Boil 2 cups of water; add ½ teaspoon of tea spice.
  2. After 1 minute, add 1 teaspoon of Assam tea powder and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  3. After 1 minute, add 1 cup of lower fat milk, dairy or non-dairy.
  4. Let it boil, remove from heat and put back on heat to boil again.  Do this 5-7 times.
  5. Take off the heat and cover for a few minutes. Strain the spices, drink and enjoy.

Chai is a ubiquitous drink and can be found just about anywhere. The spices are known for being warming, aphrodisiac and stimulating to the digestive system. Assam is a region in India where tea of the same name is grown. If you don’t have any, substitute with another strong black tea. Though I was told goat’s milk is the best to use for chai, you can also get creative and use a combo of coconut milk and rice milk.

A chai wallah (vendor) station

Photo by Kimberley (c) 2015
Photo by Kimberley (c) 2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015

And India’s most famous vegetarian…Gandhi.

Photo by Kimberley (c)2016
Photo by Kimberley (c)2016
Photo by Kimberley (c)2016
Photo by Kimberley (c)2016
Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Meatless Monday – Chai Chai

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s