My Daily Chai Recipe - Relaxation & Health #domesticcorner



A part of my daily ritual, a cup of chai is a pause in my day. It often recharges me. 

Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is generally made up of:

• rich black tea
• a combination of various spices
• heavy milk
• a sweetener


My favorite tea to use is PG Tips. I have tried lots of others and not found one that tastes as good to me. 

The main/necessary ingredients in chai are cardamom and ginger. Everything else is optional.  By optional I mean use it all - fully loaded.

These are the spices I like in my cup. I also like to crush fennel seeds to add a sweet, licorice flavor. 




Another important aspect is the milk. I love the silky smoothness of frothed milk. As tradition goes, you add a bit of the warm milk and then pour the tea in, leaving room to finish with froth.




The hand held frothers always give out. The manual type that looks like a french press works well but involves heating the milk first. I adore the milk frother from Domestic Corner. It gently heats the milk and froths it perfectly. Less work, less clean up }

Chai tends to be sweet. In any other tea I sweeten very lightly. I use honey to sweeten my chai.

Health Benefits:

Black Tea
It’s no secret that tea is full of antioxidants. However, the antioxidants in tea may provide more far-reaching protection than we suspected. For example, black tea may protect LDL (good) cholesterol, helping prevent cardiovascular disease. In addition, some research has shown black tea has anti-viral and anti-cancer properties.

Ginger
An important root used in Eastern medicine, ginger aids digestion, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation, which can be especially helpful for people suffering from arthritis. It offers antioxidant support, and some research has also shown that ginger can help fight cancer cells.

Cardamom
Found in virtually every Tibetan medicine formula, cardamom aids digestion and supports the immune system. In addition, it helps detoxify the body, improve circulation and may also fight respiratory allergies.

Cinnamon
Keeping with the theme, cinnamon has wonderful digestive properties and may also help balance blood sugar. In addition, research has shown that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant effects.

Fennel
A great source of antioxidants, fennel also provides Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Fennel has also demonstrated some anti-cancer effects.

Clove
Again, clove helps digestion, but it also has analgesic (pain relieving) properties and may help alleviate ulcer pain. In addition, clove has antibacterial action.

Black Pepper
New research shows that black pepper may affect our metabolism. The study demonstrated black pepper’s direct influence on fat storage, suggesting that it may be useful to prevent fat accumulation. Black pepper also offers antibacterial and antioxidant support and aids digestion.

Coriander
Coriander seeds posses many compounds known to be anti oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting. This spice is an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and magnesium. 

Nutmeg
Nutmeg is a popular spice that has a long list of associated health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.

Allspice
Allspice is known for its ability to act as a pain reliever, increase circulation, protect the gastrointestinal system, improve mood, boost the immune system, eliminate fungal infections, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.

Recipe:

1/2 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. coriander
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/16 ( half of 1/8 )tsp. nutmeg
1/16 ( half of 1/8 )tsp. ground clove
2 tea bags
2.5 cups water
1 cup milk ( evaporated for richer flavor - can substitute with nut milk)
honey or sugar to taste

While the water is boiling, combine spices and tea bags into teapot. Pour boiling water over spices and tea and allow to steep while you prepare the milk. If you don't have a milk frother that does it for you, warm the milk and then froth it. Add your choice of sweetener to your cup. Pour in a small amount of the warm milk. Over that add your spiced tea, allowing room to top off with froth. If your teapot doesn't have a strainer, you may want to strain as you pour so that your tea is smooth. 

Breathe deeply and enjoy the aroma and flavors in your cup. Allow yourself to completely disconnect and just be while you sip. 


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