Chai Tea: A healthy beverage!

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Chai Tea (or Masala Tea) is an Indian tea with a combination of black tea (you can use green tea as well), ginger, and variety of spices. These ingredients contain compounds that may be beneficial in several ways, from heart health to antibacterial properties.  

Keep it minimally sweetened and enjoy the warmth, spiciness, and benefits of Chai Tea! 


Chai Tea for two 




  • 2 cups water 
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced 
  • 6 whole green cardamom pods, crushed 
  • 4 black peppercorns, crushed 
  • 4 whole cloves 
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick 
  • 2 tea bags, black or green 
  • ½ cup milk of choice (cow, almond, soy, etc.) 
  • Sugar or honey as desired for taste 




  1. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the cardamom and peppercorns.
  2. Add water to a small pot and place the sliced ginger, crushed cardamom and peppercorns, whole cloves and the ¼ cinnamon stick.
  3. Bring water to a boil for 1 minute. Turn down to simmer for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat milk over low heat, just until hot.
  5. Strain water and spices into cups. You can use a coffee filter into a carafe.
  6. Strain milk through same strainer, into same cups.
  7. Sweeten as desired.
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