This tea is a grounding and comforting mix of ayurvedic spices used for warming and good digestion. It is our version of the beloved East African masala chai, without caffeine, and refreshingly served cold.
Some stomachs are sensitive to ginger, and when strong flavors are to be avoided, this tea can be made and enjoyed without ginger and in fact, develops quite a sophisticated flavor.
Caffeine-Free Chai Iced Masala Tea
For 1.5 liters of tea:
1.5 liters of filtered water
5 whole cloves
1 finger-sized piece of cinnamon bark
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon black cumin / nigella seeds
7 pods of cardamom
Optional: 1 tablespoon of powdered ginger or, if you want the full kick, 1 tablespoon of fresh grated raw ginger
Mix everything in a large metal or enamel pot and cover, simmering on low for 15 to 20 minutes. When the mixture has become a dark tea-like brown, you can remove it from the heat and drink immediately, or let it cool to pour into glass jars.
- Cold, with a slice of lemon and lots of honey, on a hot day.
- To friends in a large pitcher with an afternoon snack.
- The hot tea is great substitute for black tea if you’re trying to reduce your caffeine intake.