Bliss Giving Chai
by Radha Schwaller, Certified Ayurvedic Educator and Practitioner
Chai means tea and is a common daily drink in India. Spices vary from
region to region, but almost always include the basics of ginger, cardamom,
black pepper, cinnamon and cloves. This blend is specifically meant to aid in
digestion and help with the assimilation of the sweet taste. The milk and
sugar in this blend are easily digested with the warming and soothing spices.
2 quarts of fresh spring water in a pot brought to a boil
15 cardamom pods
3 small cinnamon sticks
5 clove buds
8 black peppercorns
3-5 slices of fresh ginger root
2 star anise pods
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
5-10 organic rose buds
Optional: 1 tablespoon of loose black tea leaves
Slightly crush all of the spices, except the roses, in a mortar and pestle or
Allow water to boil briefly, add spices, except roses, and turn down to a
simmer for 5-10 min.
Turn off heat, add roses and steep for 10-20 min.
Strain and serve with milk of your choice.
Sweeten to taste if desired.