Vegetarian Indian food is my favorite. Recently on the Dr. Oz show, it was stated that having Indian food even once a week can improve memory and help prevent Alzheimer’s. Wow, that is amazing, although I knew that turmeric has been known to help prevent the disease, which is not very common in India.
Making it is an art form that I enjoy, though it can be intimidating to some. This is my take on a simple approach: Making vegetarian Indian food.
Chai (from scratch)
black pepper (optional)
milk (regular or soy)
honey or other sweetner
Heat the amount of water needed for the # of cups desired. Add milk (about 1 cup to 3-4 cups water). The amount of milk can be varied for the level of creaminess desired. Add about a 1/4 tsp of the spices to about 2 cups of liquid – this can be varied to taste. The black pepper can be less. Use fresh ginger when available – grate in. Add black tea leaves or bags of tea (about 1tsp of tea for about 2 cups) and sweetener. You can also premix the spices and have them conveniently ready when needed, to add to regular or decaf tea. Enjoy!