MidWinter Minnesota Masala!!
This recipe came about last night, from my desire to sip chai but my necessity to get some immune boosting spices circulating.
I also have a habit of making overly caffeinated beverages too close to bedtime, and since I had a rather homely looking bag of rooibos laying around, I decided it was worth the risk of a new recipe experiment. I basically threw in every spice I had that I’d heard might be good for fighting whatever keeps creeping into my sinuses. I did not keep an exact measurement but promise to try and post after more experimentation. The nice thing is, I think this mixture could be pretty open. One thing I’ll say is turmeric can get a bit strong, and I actually had purchased one I didn’t like very much at all. I’ll have to investigate which company, but I really like this little bottle from Whole Foods, it’s quite floral and nice in delicate drinks like this. It is also Fair Trade and Organic, which I am really seeking out in my spice purchases.
So, I threw in a bit of each of the following…
Cinnamon Bark ( Actually, technically it was Cassia, but its what you most likely have in your cupboard, we’ll discuss that further cinnamon week!)
Red Rooibos Tea
As I said I don’t have exact measurements, I’d say a good amount of ginger and turmeric were used as well as black pepper and cardamom. I snipped up half a vanilla bean, a good handful of rose. I don’t like an overly licoriced cuppa, so I went easy on the star anise. I also went easy on the cloves. But, you can tailor this to your own palette!
Lastly, I have been going by a general formula of boiling all tea and spices for about 5 minutes, then adding milk/nutmilk/coconut oil or milk and brining to boil again for a minute or so. Finally, I usually add sugar at the end but I just put honey straight into the cups to stir in this time, since I was going for an Immuni-Tea :). I am in favor of raw honey for this, especially when I am sick.
I thought it turned out great, warming and calming. I liked it so much that I crushed up a batch to be stored this week. I have down the same with my regular masala black tea blend, and I made a half and half this morning to get a bit of caffeine.
Any questions? What do you put in your chai? What’s been working for you? I will say, in regards to milk and sweeteners… I have been trying to go easy on them, but I really do enjoy my chai when its almost a half and half ration. Something about the milk and fat really brings out the flavor and body of the spices. I’d love to hear your thoughts!