Ginger Chai – Warding off the flu blues !

As much as I can curse my genetic make up for the susceptibility to the rhino virus, it is an indisputable fact that when it comes to the flu season, I lose! As gracious as it may sound (harboring suspiciously on borderline sarcasm) I try to beat it with my cure all – Ginger tea!  You really cannot go wrong with this 🙂

You know the thing about colds right?  something about a week with medicine and 7 days without it.. right!..  Treat the symptoms, but suffer through the bout 🙁

Anyways, day 2 with my tryst with the flu, loaded up with Tylenol cold and flu ( severe!) and sharpening my drowsy, medicine clouded brain on the keyboard, I decide to enthrall my audience ( sic !) …wonder if invalidity has something to do with weird proportionality on creativity .. hmm.

For a fresh cup of my cure all tea  – The magic ingredients are???

  1. Fresh ginger : 1/4 of an inch : grated finely
  2. Few sprigs of tulsi leaves aka holy basil ( Ocimum sanctum)
  3. Black cloves – just 1- break it part of grind it fresh!
  4. Ground fresh cardamom : a pinch
  5. A pinch of fresh ground black pepper ( yes black pepper !)
  6. Black tea leaves – 1 tsp
  7. Water : 1/2 cup
  8. 1% milk : 1/2 cup
  9. Sugar : Optional  ( I use honey )

Boil 1/2 cup of water with ginger and holy basil leaves . This should take you about a couple of minutes.

Note:  you are not reducing the quantity of water, you are just allowing it to steep in the flavors  of ginger and basil.

Add the tea leaves and the rest of the fresh ground spices. About a minute later, add the milk. Sweeten with sugar, brown sugar or honey.

Filter it and enjoy!

Quick Pointers:

  1. Do not have fresh ginger ?- add dried ginger powder 🙂 works like a charm too.
  2. You can always add cinnamon to add the extra touch of flavor
  3. The steps are not daunting- I just like to steep in the flavors of ginger and holy basil.
  4. Fresh Mint leaves  too can be added and gives nice touch.
  5. As a last resort, do not have holy basil , add in the tulsi tea bags. But the other kind of basil – the one we use for italian seasoning will not work 🙂

Signing off!

4 comments

  1. dear sil,
    a pleasure to read you!! the flu has not hampered your ability to write in anyways.. keep it coming.

    -pushpa

  2. Hey JK! what u have said is very true and this recipe is know my the term Kashayam and I would say cinnamon is the main ingredient, a very good germicidal agent… But getting a pure cinnamon is difficult as fake ones have come up.. Wondering how many of us know how to make out the difference.

  3. […] Now please excuse me as a steaming cup of  Ginger Chai is calling my name!!! […]

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