Hot Chocolate Chai recipe

Hot Chocolate Chai recipe


The more I study Ayurveda, the more excited I get. In this cold weather (Vata season), we can combine the warmth of a hot chocolate with Ayurvedic herbs and spices for a healthy and cozy drink!


Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise, and black peppercorns make our take on hot chocolate nourishing, flavorful, soothing, and stimulating all at once. Here´s the recipe:




2 tablespoons whole cardamom pods

2 teaspoons whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1 whole stars of anise

½ teaspoon black peppercorns

1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh ginger

2 cups milk, any type

2 cups water

4 black tea bags

1 to 3 tablespoons molasses or maple syrup

4 ounces dark chocolate




Cover the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, anise, and peppercorns with cheesecloth or parchment paper on a sturdy work surface. Use a rolling pin or a cast-iron skillet to gently crush the spices and help release their aromas. Wrap the crushed spices and the fresh ginger in the cheesecloth or put them in a large tea ball.


Put the milk, water, and spice bundle or tea ball in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 15 minutes.


Return the mixture to a boil over high heat, then turn off the heat and immediately add the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes, then strain.


Place back on the stove and bring to simmer. Turn off flame and add your sweetener of choice. Add the chocolate and stir to dissolve. Serve warm.


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