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Ayurvedic Chai

© 1994, Excerpted with permission from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad

Serves 4 Doshic Notes Balancing for all three doshas.


3 cups water 4 cloves 2 pinches nutmeg, ground 2 pinches cinnamon, ground 2 pinches cardamom, ground 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped fine 1 tsp black tea 1 cup milk 2 tsp sugar, Sucanat, or other sugar


Boil the water with the spices for 2 minutes. Add the tea and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the milk and heat until hot but not boiling. Add sweetener and serve.
You may vary the amounts of milk and sugar according to taste and dosha. Of course, increasing milk and/or sugar can provoke kapha, so take care. If you use caffeinated tea, the cardamom will help neutralize the effects of the caffeine.

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Vasant Lad BAM&S, MASc

Vasant Lad BAM&S, MASc

A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAM&S) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. The author of numerous books, Vasant Lad is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda.