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Spiced Black Tea

This is a wonderful replacement for your morning cup of tea that is usually made with dairy milk. It's not only delicious but also refreshing and soothing on the digestive system.

Recipe Credit: Darshana Muzumdar

Makes 2 cups

This is a wonderful replacement for the tea that we usually make with dairy milk. It’s not only delicious but also refreshing and gentler on the digestive system. This is actually a traditional infusion made without the tea leaves. Once you have this for a few days, you won’t want to go back to your old habit of tea with milk. And a better replacement would be kasai or even better would be a green smoothie or some delicious ripe sweet fruit. I believe that eating fruits helps in achieving our optimum health. Please learn more from Gaurav Goyal and his group Eat Fruits and Heal. This information is shared in Hindi. Here’s a simple explanation that Gaurav Goyal shares.


  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 cardamom
  • 2 tbsp jaggery (palm sugar) or 2 tsps sugar
  • 1/2 tsp tea leaves
  • 400 ml water


  • Wash and crush the ginger and add it and the jaggery to the water in a steel pot. There is no need to peel the ginger. Bring this to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile pound the cardamom and cloves with a mortar and pestle into a rough powder. There’s no need to peel the cardamom. Add these spices to the simmering water and let it simmer for a couple of seconds more.
  • Add the tea leaves and immediately turn off the heat. Cover and let the tea brew for two or three minutes.
  • Strain and serve while still hot. This can even be cooled and chilled in the refrigerator as an evening drink in the warm summer months.

For the Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) version:

Do not use any jaggery or sugar. You can have the tea with a date, a few raisins, or a dried fig.

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