Masala Chai

Tea has many health benefits to it and it is also a treat that can warm the soul.  While I was in India studying yoga I tried masala chai from many different restaurants and vendors and absolutely adored it.  Since I have been back I have been making my own blend of spices and it looks something like this (I will be honest, I don't normally measure.  I go by taste as well as what season it is).  May you enjoy this blend and experiment with drinking it in the coconut milk, the pistachio milk, or the hemp milk for a true vegan delight!. 


3 Tablespoons star anise

3 Tablespoons whole cloves

4 Tablespoon dried ginger root

3 Tablespoons green cardamom pods

2 Tablespoons whole black pepper

9 sticks about 3" in length of cinnamon

3 Tablespoon licorice root

Loose leaf black tea to taste - pick the type that you prefer


Combine all ingredients except for the black tea and use a mortar and pestle to crush or put in a blender.  I keep these separate from the tea at all times so that I can choose if I want to soak the spices for longer, the amount of black tea I want to add, and if I want to use caffeinated or decaffeinated tea.

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