Sunday, 3 May 2009

Make Your Own (Vegan) Chai Tea

I love chai tea, but I find the chai available commercially too artificial tasting. Once in a while (usually when there's people coming for dinner), I like to make up a large batch of this tea as a nice after dinner treat.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups almond milk (or soy or other nut "milk")
  • 4 black tea bags (or 4 tablespoons of loose tea leaves)
  • dash of ground cardamom
  • a few cloves
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of saffron (optional)
  • vegan sweetener of your choice (sugar, agave, maple syrup, etc ...)
In a large pot, combine water, tea and all the spices. Bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Add the milk and allow to come to a boil again. Boil for another minute and then remove from heat. You can either add the sweetener now or have the tea drinkers add it individually to their tastes. Strain and pour into cups. If you have leftovers, store it in the fridge. The next day pour the chai into a glass with ice cubes and you have an iced chai tea.

You probably noticed how vague the quanities are. That was on purpose because 1) I never measure spices when cooking, and 2) if you're reading this blog, you're probably fairly versed in experimenting and adapting recipes anyhow.

CAUTION: After you make this tea, you won't want to drink store bought chai EVER again! :)

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