Its raining in Toronto! I’m easily transported to Delhi’s magical monsoon season. I’m sure you’ll agree no monsoon is complete without sipping a cup of cardamom chai. Fae of Fae’s Twist and Tango asked for a cardamom chai recipe, it was raining, we had soymilk in the fridge so the timing was just right to indulge in an after dinner aperitif.
¾ cup water
¼ cup Silk soymilk
1 teabag Tetley orange pekoe tea
2 tsp sugar
1 green cardamom pod
¾ tsp fresh ginger, crushed
|Serves 2 (1 cup in all)|
• Measure soymilk and water in saucepan.
• Crush cardamom (peel on) and ginger together in mortar. Add this spice mix to saucepan.
• Let spiced milk come to boil.
• Add 1 teabag and let come to second boil. Remove from stove.
• Strain teabag and spice mix. Stir in sugar, I used 2 tsp, but you can adjust to taste.
Cardamom is considered to be an angelic spice 🙂 that’s my interpretation/translation of the Sanskrit word Sattvic. A sattvic diet is actually considered to be the best for our body, a pure and back to nature diet, it uses fresh foods made from scratch that are easily digestible and sit lightly on all constitutions.. Cardamom in English, elaichi in hindi, elakai in tamil is native to southern india and used sparingly in desserts as its an expensive spice. It balances the digestive fire and is great chewed as an after dinner aperitif and is great for all body types. That’s why that cup of cardamom chai felt so right after dinner. Read more about cardamom and its healthful benefits here.
I just realized how delicious the soymilk was in this cardamom chai..For a while now I’ve wanted to move away from milk as I really feel for cows who have to give us milk for life. With this Silk soymilk I can see myself drinking dairy-free chai every single time. The flavour was subtle without being overwhelming. Have you tried any other kind of soymilk? But if you don’t care for soymilk, feel free to make cardamom chai with regular milk — cardamom removes the mucus forming properties of milk, so you’ll rest easy knowing that your sinuses will be clear.
Hope you enjoyed this aromatic post. What are your monsoon rituals? What makes you happy when you are indoors watching the rain fall on your windowsill? I’d love to hear about your rituals..
–soul of spice–