We had a beautifully festive gathering recently, everyone all cosy in front of a roaring fire, carving pumpkins and drinking warming spiced chai. It seemed to be the perfect ’embodiment’ of autumn so we thought it would be nice to share the recipes we used so you can indulge too!
Chai– This is an amazing ayurvedic recipe from Amy Landry. Ayurveda is a form of traditional medicine that originates from India and seeks to balance the bodily systems to give optimum health. To find out more about Ayurveda and also the individual benefits of the ingredients check out http://amyelandry.com/recipe-ayurvedic-masala-chai/
- 1 cup milk or an alternative (we currently love Hemp milk)
- 1 cup filtered, boiled water
- 3 tsp jaggery or rapadura sugar ( you can get this from the World food section of most supermarkets)
- 1 tsp organic loose leaf black tea
- Thumb size piece of freshly grated organic ginger
- 3-5 Green cardamom pods
- Large pinch ajwain seeds
- 1 black cardamom pod
- 1 small cinnamon stick, or 2 tsp of cinnamon chip
- Pinch fennel seeds (late spring – autumn)
- 3 clove buds (wintertime only)INSTRUCTIONS:
– Boil water in your kettle/jug. Whilst water is boiling, grate fresh ginger into saucepan, and add the rest of your spices.
– Add a cup of boiled water to saucepan, and turn stove on to high heat, bringing spiced water to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Leave to simmer and brew for a few mins (the longer you leave it the more flavour. However, more water will evaporate, so reduce to low-medium temperature if you wish to leave it for a while).
– Add jaggery (or sugar of choice). Stir through briefly.
– Turn heat to high. Immediately add black tea and milk together at the same time. Stir through.
– Bring to a boil. (Don’t let it overflow!!)
– Take your chai off the heat, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. You could add 1/4 tsp powdered turmeric at this time if you wish.
– Strain directly into your tea mugs, through your fine strainer.
– Sit down to drink your beautiful and healing Ayurvedic chai. Breath in the sweet scent and sip slowly.