Winter brings with it all things warm and cosy – big sweaters, books, candles, frosty window glass and heartwarming recipes of course! Fortunately, all we need to do is look into our kitchen cabinets—Indian kitchens are resplendent with the most natural homegrown remedies. From turmeric powder to honey and ginger, pretty much everything is available in our pantry to whip out comforting cups of tea and cocoa.
As for this winter, we’re calling our most basic but power-packed seasonal boosters! Not only do these beverages fuel us with newfound energy but also work magic on our immune system. The result? Better strength against seasonal health woes and more! Did we also mention that our recommended immunity-boosting masala chai and eggnog recipe are vegan friendly? Let’s get to it!
What you need:
- Black tea powder
- Alt M!lk
- Green Cardamom
- Black Pepper
- Add 2-3 green cardamoms, 1-inch cinnamon, a couple of cloves and a peeled ginger piece to a mortar-pestle.
- Crush the spices coarsely and keep them aside.
- Then, add 2 cups of water to a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
- Add the crushed spices to it. You can also choose to add a pinch of nutmeg powder, lemongrass, or mint leaves.
- Boil it for about 3 minutes.
- Add sugar to taste and 3 tbsp of tea powder.
- Let it boil for a minute more and add a cup of hot Alt m!lk.
- Stir well, give it a minute to boil, strain it into a cup and serve.
What you need:
- 3 cups of Alt M!lk
- 1 14-oz can full-fat coconut milk
- 4-6 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Add 3 cups of Alt M!lk, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and vanilla extract in a blender.
- Blend on high for a minute or two until you get a creamy and smooth consistency.
- Taste and adjust the flavour as needed.
- Heat over a medium flame and serve hot.
There you have your winter-friendly masala chai and vegan eggnog, made to perfection using alt foods plant-based drink! Trust us when we say that the world is your oyster, even when you’re plant-based.