It took me nearly five years to finally pull myself together and buy the ingredients for yogi tea according to original recipe by Yogi Bhajan! I just could not find whole cardemon seeds easily to buy from groceries (they sell it grounded) – finally found it at Biomarket. Now I can say that this tea is worth the time spent for preparing it!
You probably have ordered chai tea in cafes, but majority, if any at all, of these are NOT made by its original recipe, which was introduced by yogi god Bhajan, a man who taught yogi culture to the Western World in 1960s. Why? Because it is rather time consuming to boil and simmer the ingredients as said in recipe, instead it’s much more convenient to blend the powder with hot water and milk. Well, the bright side is that you can prepare any amount of the original chai tea and refrigerate the extra amount to heat up later.
The healthy benefits of this tea ingredient by ingredient are (according to thesecretsofyoga website):
Cloves: for the nervous system
Cinnamon: for the bones
Black Pepper: blood purifier
Cardamom: for the colon
Milk: aids the assimilation of the spices and avoids the irritation to the colon
Black Tea: unify all of the ingredients, and resulting in a new chemical structure that makes this tea a healthful drink.
You can also include slices of fresh Ginger Root, especially when you are suffering from cold, recovering from the flu, or just want some extra energy!
The recipe according to Yogi Bhajan is:
Put 3 quarts of water to boil. Then add:
– 20 whole cloves
– 20 whole green cardamom pods.
– 20 whole black peppercorns
– 5 sticks of cinnamon
Continue boiling for 15-20 minutes, and then add:
– 1/2 tsp. of Black Tea (any kind)
After two minutes add:
– 1/2 cup of cold Milk (per cup of liquid)
Bring the tea to a full boil and serve. I personally add a spoon of honey as well.
Here’s a short video tutorial:
Original taste is delightful, I assure you, but I think I tend to test different flavors into it as well (lemon, vanilla, condensed milk etc). Just for fun!