Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Spice & Herb Chai

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently , as if it is the axis on which the Earth revolves- slowly, evenly,
without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Guru

Remember when you were young and you really wanted to grow up and do grown up things ....I remember that feeling and also remember throwing a tantrum every time mom said I couldnt have tea because tea was for grown ups and not for 7 year olds like me.

So after repeated performances of throwing my head back falling on the floor and kicking my legs all round I guess my mother got sick of me and decided to fix this once and for all !

She did give me tea but as you will discover in a bit there are no tea leaves in this recipe ...its more like a herbal infusion and boy did it make me feel good and grown up and responsible and prim and proper all at once :))



Growing up in Dehradoon this herbal infusion had many benefits .....ofcourse it prevented me from embarrassing my mother in front of her friends - all she had to do when tea was served was to tell me that I could go home and have my very own cup of grown up "tea", so I dint need to do my very special performance:)) !Winters were cold in Doon and while growing up cough and cold were dear friends of mine......so this herbal "tea" helped soothe sore throats as well!


To this day I dont drink tea or coffee ....I think my "tea" tastes better than the real deal .....

So today I thought I'd steal a little time for myself and stop and do something I havent done in a long time...call an old school friend I havent spoken to in 10 years and make me a cup of tea my way!

Herbal "Tea"

Holy Basil (Tulsi)  leaves
1" piece of cinnamom
4 cloves
8 whole pepper corns
1 green cardamom
1 black cardamomLemon grass leaves/ stalks

Combine all of the above with water . Boil for 15 minutes . Strain. Sweeten with honey.

Did I mention brewing this will make your kitchen smell like lemon grassy- cinammony heaven! 


  1. I gave this recipe to my mom :D Shes excited to try it out :D
    xoxo <3


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