Ayurvedic Chai Recipe

chai2In honor of the below zero weather here in Boulder this week, I am exceptionally inspired to share my caffeine-free, Ayurvedic-spiced chai recipe.  Getting through the winter is not always easy, but when you have rituals like a warm cup of chai to warm your body and soothe your soul, it doesn’t seem quite as bad.

This particular chai recipe is made with Rooibus tea as a caffeine-free base, many warming Ayurvedic kitchen spices and options for different milks (or plain water) to fit your dietary needs.  This healing tea is loaded with antioxidants and carries a wide range of health benefits.  Drinking this tea throughout the winter will keep the digestion strong, increase the metabolism, stimulate the circulation and boost the immune system.

  • Doshic effect: Vata↓, Pitta↓, Kapha
  • Serving: 4
  • Time: 15 minutes


  • Medium sauce pan
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Spoon
  • Ginger grater (optional)


  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of organic milk**
  • 3 Tbsps red rooibus tea
  • 1.5 inch cube of fresh ginger root, finely chopped or grated***
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2  tsp fennel
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 7-10 black peppercorns
  • 7-10 whole cloves
  • Honey to taste

**Milk can be replaced with almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk or water

***Fresh ginger can be replaced with 1 tsp of dry ginger

All of the spices mentioned can be purchased in my Bulk Herb section.


  1. Boil the water in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Turn the heat to low and add the spices.  Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the tea and steep for and additional 8 minutes.
  4. Add the milk and steep for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Strain into a separate pot or 4 individual cups, using a fine mesh strainer.
  6. If you desire a foam top, try using a hand blender or a regular blender on low speed for 30 seconds.
  7. After the tea has cooled a bit, add the honey to taste.
  8. Share, sip and enjoy!

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