We’re delighted to welcome back Jo from Nurturing Kitchen with a lovely Chai Mix recipe to help keep you warm this Winter:
I love to drink this tea during the winter when I fancy something sweet, warming and creamy for some added comfort to my day. I love the mixture of spices with tea. This recipe is for the spice mix which you can drink on its own with warm milk (soya, coconut or almond milk work well) or add to some black tea, or my favourite, Rooibos tea. It also makes a perfect gift when tied up in a bag or pretty jar with some instructions on how to brew it.
By blending the whole spices into a ground mix, you release the flavour of the spices a lot more. If you do not have a high-powered blender or prefer a subtler spiced tea, feel free to leave the spices whole. Simply mix together the whole spices in the quantities below and steep in half the milk of your choice and half water, straining the spices out before drinking.
30g ground ginger
30g ground cinnamon
35g cardamom pods
20g star anise
10g fennel seeds
10g black peppercorns
5g turmeric powder
In a high-powered blender, place the cardamom pods, star anise, cloves, fennel and peppercorns. Blend until you have a powder (it doesn’t need to be super fine). Add the ground ginger, cinnamon and turmeric and mix well together. Pour the mix into a large jar or into sealed bags until ready to brew.
When you are ready to make your Chai, mix 1 tsp chai mix with 1/2 cup milk of your choice such as almond or coconut milk and 1/2 cup water. Add a black tea or rooibos tea bag if desired. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Add sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup all work well) and strain into your favourite mug using a tea strainer.
For more inspiration and nourishing recipes visit Nurturing Kitchen