This is a recipe* that I used back in the '70s BC (before children). I rediscovered chai recently and have tried many brands that are premixed. This is an easy-to-make, great drink for a cold winter day, and in the warm months it is delicious chilled. The directions are for stove-top preparation, but I seem to remember that I made it all day in my Harvest Orange crock pot. The final volume will be approximately 50% of the original volume. It will fill your home with a wonderful aroma.
Plan on boiling for 3 hours if on the stove.
Combine in saucepan:
- 2 quarts water
- 15 whole cloves
- 20 black peppercorns
- 3 sticks cinnamon
- 20 whole cardamom pods (split them first)
- 8 slices fresh ginger (1/4" - not necessary to peel)
- 1/2 tsp. regular or decaf black tea (1-2 teabags)
- dairy or soy milk and your choice of sweetener to taste.
I hope you enjoy this warm, spicy libation this winter.
*This recipe comes from Yogi Bhajan, who introduced Kundalini to the west in the late 60s. Recipe courtesy of yogayoga.com