Chai

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date: December 18, 2017
Yield:4 cups
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.

Chai

Chai
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.

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Karay (Fresh Green Chili Peppers)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: June 9, 2017
Yield: about 1-2 cups
Time needed: However long it takes to seed the chili peppers, and a quick buzz in the food processor.

It’s a good idea to get some help washing and seeding the chili peppers. 3-4 pounds would take a long time working alone. But it is indeed a “wonderful spicy appetizer spread” and keeps very well in the fridge.

Karay
(Fresh Green Chili Peppers)

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