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A Special Chai for Thanksgiving

 

Oh boy, the big day is coming up. Football, food, family… did I say food? Thanksgiving is wonderful to just hang out, that is until after dessert when we are all so full we feel like we want to burst. Luckily, there is a cure for the post Thanksgiving feast – Pu-erh.

Pu-erh has been used by the Chinese for years to help overeating discomfort, which is why I am sharing one of my favorite homemade Chai recipes that will help relax your belly and make you feel like a normal person again. To top it off, it is delicious enough to drink as a 2nd dessert!  However, if you would like to spend your time with family and loved ones, try our Pu-erh Chai.

 

What you need

 

-       2 scoops of Pu-erh (or 1 toucha cake)
-       5 cardamom pods
-       15 peppercorns
-       one stick cinnamon
-       5 cloves
-       2 cups filtered water
-       2% milk
-       sugar (optional)

 

 

What to do

 

1)       Pulse the spices in a spice grinder. Don’t go overboard and make a spice dust.
2)      Add the spices and tea to 2 cups boiling water
3)      Boil for 5 minutes
4)      Add milk and bring back to a simmer (do not let boil)
5)       Turn off the heat and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes
6)       Strain and add a teaspoon of sugar and serve!

 

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