Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date: December 18, 2017
Time needed: 15 minutes or less
Chai, as the author points out, is the traditional hospitality beverage of India and other Asian countries. Flavoured with spices, it is a pleasant alternative to caffeinated teas.
My daughter and I have completely different tastes in tea. I seldom choose tea as a beverage, but when I do drink it, I prefer clear, unsweetened tea. Her go to beverage is chai latte. So we came to this with very different expectations. I drank mine clear and unsweetened and compared to other teas, I found it very nice, especially the mint flavour. But she found it undrinkable. For her, mint has no place in chai latte.
4 cups water
1 Tbsp. cardamom pods
1 Tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger root
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 tsp. black peppercorns
1 3-inch cinnamon stick
4 peppermint tea bags or 4 tsp. loose peppermint tea
Pure maple syrup for serving
Vanilla or plain soy milk for serving
In a medium saucepan combine water, cardamom, ginger, cloves, peppercorns, and cinnamon stick.
Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the peppermint tea.
Cover the pan and let steep 3-5 minutes.
Strain out spices and tea bags/leaves.
Serve immediately and let each person add syrup and soy milk to their taste.