Soothe your immune system with the simple ingredients of chai. This comforting drink is an integral part of Indian life and makes a wonderful accompaniment to a festive meal.
3 cups (750 mL) 1% milk
3 Tbsp (45 mL) loose black tea
2 in (5 cm) cinnamon stick
1 in (2.5 cm) ginger root, peeled and sliced
2 tsp (10 mL) honey
1/4 tsp (1 mL) black peppercorns
6 whole cloves
4 cardamom seeds
1 star anise
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Whipped cream (optional)
Combine all ingredients except whipped cream in saucepan, preferably one with a spout, and bring to simmer. Stir to blend flavours. Simmer gently for 1 minute then turn off heat. Leave pan on burner and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain into mugs and serve with a dollop of whipped cream if you wish.
Each serving contains: 109 calories; 7 g protein; 3 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 15 g total carbohydrates (3 g sugars, 1 g fibre); 114 mg sodium
source: "Celebrate Diwali", alive #373, November 2013
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