Nourish: A Delicious Recipe for Healthy Homemade Chai


I first came across chai tea after a kundalini class at a San Francisco ashram. I instantly fell in love with it. The traditional recipe comes from the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda and uses five main spices: ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and black pepper.

Each ingredient carries beneficial properties—black pepper is considered a natural blood purifier, great for healthy, radiant-looking skin, while cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, aid in digestion, and fight colds. (And a fun aside on ginger: In addition to its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties, it’s said to have aphrodisiac properties.)
How to Make Delicious DIY Chai: 
(makes two servings)

1.5 cups of water
4 cloves
4 cardamom pods (crush them for more flavor)
4 whole black peppers
1/2 cinnamon stick
4 slices of ginger root
1/4 tsp. of loose black tea (or 1 tea bag)
1/2 cup of milk
1 tbsp. of sugar

1. Throw all the spices in the water and bring it to boil. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or longer (the longer the better as the spices release more flavor).

2. Add black tea and steep for another two minutes.

3. Add milk and bring everything to a boil again. Watch your tea closely. As it starts boiling, remove it from heat and add sugar. Mix well, strain before pouring into a cup, and enjoy!

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Olga Mahanbir


Olga Mahanbir is a yoga instructor, software engineer, and follower of Jyotish (Vedic astrology). A few years ago she discovered the transformational power of kundalini yoga and now shares yoga tools and techniques for women on her blog, When she is not doing yoga or practicing reading natal charts, she writes iPhone apps that aid in spiritual development.


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