I’ve been in a bit of a coffee and tea rut lately. Tea has been my thing-usually green or roiboos. When I’m out and about, I do love to savor a soy chai or latte. I don’t really like milk for many reasons, and I try to avoid it. But after reading about all the cautions about soy, I’ve converted to almond milk. I find myself in a rut when I’m out and want that cuppa but don’t want soy or regular milk, so I decided to make my own chai. When visiting Bozeman this summer, I had the chance to spend time with my friend Vandana (who is working on a really cool project. She made us a great cup of chai, and I have been following her recipe. I love that it incorporates fresh ingredients that are incredibly good for you.
Ingredients: 1 inch fresh ginger, 2 whole cardamom seeds, loose black or Darjeeling tea, 3/4 cup milk (I use almond), 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon honey or sugar.
1. Dice ginger into small pieces.
2. Cut or open cardamom seeds and lightly crush seeds with knife or spoon.
3. Combine ginger, water and cardamom and boil for 3 minutes.
4. Add loose tea and milk and reduce heat to simmer for one minute.
5. Strain into a cup and add honey or sugar and enjoy on a cozy day!