Masala is an Indian spice blend, well known for its use in teas (also known as chai). This incredibly comforting libation heals both body and mind. The spices, notably turmeric and cinnamon, have outstanding anti-inflammatory properties. I recommend this chai to anyone whose appetite is waning or who finds his-or herself with a touch of indigestion.
- 1 ounce water
- 8 ounces almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup peeled fresh ginger, sliced 1⁄4-inch thick
- Pinch of black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dark amber maple syrup
In a small saucepan, combine the water, almond milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Allow the chai to gently cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes or until small bubbles start to appear. Cover and simmer for another 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the maple syrup, and allow the chai to sit for 5 minutes, then pour into a cup.