Get ready for a vegan, spicy, Indian-inspired chili infused with the flavors and health supportive digestive benefits of Bhakti Chai tea. This recipe, developed by natural chef Tammy Gould, was the first-place winner in the 2013 Bhakti Chai recipe challenge.
Don’t let the lengthy ingredient list deter you; most items are already in your pantry!
Notes from chef Gould:
Roasting the sweet potatoes is an easy first step as you prepare the rest of the ingredients and ensures they don’t fall apart in the chili.
If you don’t have time to prepare black beans or vegetable stock ahead of time, make sure to purchase BPA-free canned organic black beans and organic vegetable stock from your local health food store.
Ginger juice: You can buy bottled ginger juice, but to make your own, peel and finely grate fresh ginger onto a plate, then squeeze the pulp firmly over a bowl to extract juice. About 3 inches fresh ginger root will yield 1 tablespoon juice.
Chile powders and coconut oil: Chile powders can vary quite a bit in sweetness and heat. “If your chile powder is super sweet, you won’t need the optional coconut oil,” says chef Gould. “If your chili turns out too spicy (and this depends on the freshness and type of chili pepper), the coconut oil is a necessity.”