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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.