Excerpted from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing
by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad
Always want to make a perfect cup of dosha balancing chai. Here’s how:
3 cups water
2 pinches nutmeg, ground
2 pinches cinnamon, ground
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 tsp black tea
1 cup milk
2 tsp sugar, Sucanat, or other sugar
- Boil the water with the spices for 2 minutes.
- Add the tea and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Add the milk and heat until hot but not boiling.
- Add sweetener and serve.
- You may vary the amounts of milk and sugar according to taste and dosha. Of course, increasing milk and / or sugar can provoke kapha, so take care.
If you use caffeinated tea, the cardamom will help neutralize the effects of the caffeine.