Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dairy-free Indian Sweetened Coffee


In our household, coffee is a staple, up with fresh fruit and vegetables.  Between the two of us, we usually manage to put away six or so cups a day, which means that we have pretty particular tastes in regards to our coffee.  While we are pretty standard in our coffees, occasionally we like to mix it up a bit.  This coffee is based on an Indian sweetened coffee which is (supposedly) very popular in the south and enjoyed by college students in the cities.  Neither of us have been there, but so my sources tell me.  Regardless, this is a delicious recipe that I recommend to everyone that is a bit of a coffee aficianado.

4 1/2 cups almond milk (if you use soy milk, you'll have to replace all of the water with the soy milk)
1 1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbs (preferably) fresh ground coffee beans
3 tbs fresh ground ginger (or 1 tbs dried ginger)
1 1/2 teaspoons tea masala*

*If you do not have this on hand, there's no better time than the present to get some on hand!   You can make it and save it for later, too.  To make tea masala, mix together:

3 tbs ginger powder
1/2 tbs black pepper powder
1 tbs cinnamon powder
1 tbs cardamom powder

Put all of this into a saucer, and bring it to a boil.

Cover, turn the heat to low, and simmer for about 2 minutes.

Strain into a teapot or your cups (depending on how much you've made).

Caloric Info
Servings 4
Total Fat: 2.9 grams
Sat Fat: 0.1 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.1 grams
Monosat. Fat: 0.0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 161.8 mg
Potassium: 275.0 mg
Carbs: 26.4 grams
Dietary Fiber: 1.6 grams
Sugar: 22.6 grams
Protein: 1.5 grams


  1. I'm married to an Indian - and I get treated to Indian coffee pretty frequently. But...his coffee starts as this mysterious powder. I'd love to try this to mix things up. Great post!

  2. Thank you-- I'd love to know how it compares to his!