Homemade Haldi Chai Recipe by Mira Manek

Mira Manek’s homemade chai

Mira Manek’s homemade chai

Join us for a cup of chai with Mira herself on Thursday 26 September as we celebrate the launch of her new book Prajna: Ayurvedic Rituals for Happiness with a sound bath, short meditation and talk from Mira as she shares some of her favourite extracts from the book. Below Mira shares her simple recipe for an authentic cup of homemade Haldi chai for you to prepare at home. “Chai is synonymous with India,” says Mira. “If you are Indian, it’s usually the first thing you drink when you wake up and what you have after your afternoon siesta to give you that burst of life and energy.”

Haldi chai, spicy turmeric

Turmeric is going through its hero moment, and for good reason! The golden super spice is radiant with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers, great for everything from prevention of colds to healing from an injury or illness. You can get turmeric or golden milk at cafés and restaurants now, but it’s really simple to make at home with the addition of a few extra spices to elevate its power. Ginger, for example, amplifies the anti-inflammatory nature of this drink as both these spices help tackle inflammation in the body. Sip on this any time of day at any time of year.

Boil together for 10 minutes:

1 mug of any milk you like

teaspoon ground turmeric

teaspoon ground ginger

teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

pinch of ground black pepper, optional

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Here Mira has shared an extract from Prajna with her insights and tips for talking a walk in nature. You can find out more about the book launch event here.