Fall // Earl Grey Chai

7 Oct

Yesterday I had a BIG craving for Perfection Satisfaction Promise’s (Laurier @ King Edward) Chai Tea. If you haven’t been there before, or tried their in-house, full bodied chai, I really recommend going. This restaurant is for those who like customizing meals, are vegetarian/vegan, who like Indian/healthy comfort luncheon food. This ain’t buffet style either like some other vegetarian restos but still casual.

The atmosphere is relaxing, cheery yet earthy. If you open up to the vibe of Sri Chinmoy that permeates the intention of this restaurant, you’re bound to feel as though you’re treating yourself to a yogic way of eating.

Now, if you don’t have $3.25 to spend on a chai tea, you try to make your own at home using a recipe from here. I adapted this one and posted it below.

Cozy, quick and light.

Earl Grey Chai

1-1/2 cups water
1 inch stick of cinnamon
8 cardomom pods, broken open
8 whole cloves
5 black peppercorns
1/8 tsp ground ginger
2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 1/2 tbsp honey (or to taste)
1 bag earl grey tea

Put 1-1/2 cups water in saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardomom, black pepper, ginger and cloves and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and honey and bring to a simmer again.

Throw in the tea bag, cover, and turn off the heat. After 2 minutes, strain the tea into one big mug and serve immediately with a garnish of ground cinnamon.

A note on the benefits of these spices…

Cinnamon has been proven to keep your blood-sugar from spiking when you consume sugary substances, cinnamon and ginger help stimulate circulation (great for this weather!) and ginger helps reduce nausea! *note* the mode of preparation and consumption of them spices affects their effectiveness.. holler

PS. Did you know chai means ‘tea’ in both Serbian AND Mandarin!? (and probably a bunch of other languages..).


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