Indian Food

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Indian Food

Lots of spices are grown in India – from exotic flavors like cardamom and turmeric to more familiar spices like cinnamon and black pepper.

As a result, Indian cuisine takes advantage of a wider range of spices than almost any other world cuisine.

Curries are a popular staple in India, but unlike Southeast Asian curries, which are based on high-fat coconut milk, Indian curries typically use yogurt as a base, making them a more nutritious option.

And because there’s a strong tradition of vegetarianism in the Hindu religion, vegetables are a focus of Indian cuisine, making it a rich source for healthy recipes.

For example, mascala chai has an intoxicating and complex flavor.

Traditionally prepared by steeping spices in hot water and milk before adding black tea, the recipe below uses almond milk.

It’s soothing and restorative and takes just minutes to prepare.

This spicy chai is equally delicious served piping hot in a mug or chilled over ice for a refreshing treat.

Recipe of the Day:  Black Almond Chai

Makes 6 (1-cup) servings

4 cups water

6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices peeled fresh ginger

1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick

6 whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

6 black tea bags

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

3 tablespoons agave nectar or dark honey

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

In a saucepan, combine the water, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat.

Add the tea bags and steep in the spice mixture for 5 minutes.

Strain into a container and discard the solids.

Return the tea concentrate to the saucepan and add the almond milk.

Simmer over low heat but don’t boil.

Whisk in the agave.

NOTE:  You can double or even triple the amounts for the tea concentrate and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

To prepare a single serving, mix 1/2 cup hot tea concentrate with 1/3 cup hot almond milk.

Sweeten with 1-1/2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey.

Per serving:  45 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 9 g total carbohydrates (8 g sugars), 1 g fiber, 0 g protein.

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