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Nandini’s Caffeine-Free Kapha Tea Chai

ISSUED // December 12th

Nandini’s Caffeine-Free Kapha Tea Chai

Why we love this recipe

In India, a warm cup of well-spiced chai (tea) is synonymous with comfort. And while most traditional recipes call for a base of black tea, this Ayurvedic recipe is made using caffeine-free Kapha Tea. Perfect for cool, rainy weather and days when you’re feeling sluggish or congested, Kapha tea is a zesty blend of stimulating spices. Brew it with extra spices and almond/oat milk, and you have a delicious, caffeine-free take on traditional chai. 

YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

 Ingredients

  •  6 tea bags of Kapha Tea
  • 4 cups of water
  • A few cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • A slice of fresh ginger
  • ½ gallon of almond milk or oat milk
  • Sugar to taste

 Directions

  1. Boil 4 cups of water with 6 bags of Kapha Tea for 10 minutes. Try not to let the water evaporate; add more if needed.
  2. Add a few cinnamon sticks and a small bunch of cloves (around 10 or so), along with a slice of fresh ginger (adding more or less, to your taste). 
  3. Continue to boil it until the color becomes rich and golden.
  4. Next, add 1/2 gallon of almond milk or oat milk.
  5. Finally, add sugar to taste and bring to a final slow boil, making sure to stir now and then. (Be sure not to use too high heat, otherwise your chai will taste slightly burnt.)

Note: Make sure it's a slow boil, we don't want to let it stick to the bottom - otherwise it has a hint of smoked/ burnt milk. I tend to stir it every so often.

Taste Notes: Peppery, zesty, sweet, clarifying and comforting.

 

 

 

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