There’s nothing like a nice cup of yummy herbal tea to ponder the day over. Especially when we’re heading into autumn and there’s a chill in the air, it’s especially comforting, don’t you find?
I use this recipe to make my favourite blend of chai tea. Give it a try!
This will make about two cups – so just adjust the quantities as you require
5 Cardamon Pods
Half a cinnamon stick
4 whole peppercorns
3 whole cloves
2cm of fresh ginger, grated
a third of a vanilla bean pod, with the seeds intact
A teaspoon of your regular black of green tea
2 cups of filtered or mineral water
Boil the water in a medium pan on your stove
Break up the cinnamon stick, cardamon pods, peppercorns and cloves, use a rolling pin to bash them if you don’t have a pestle and mortar. Pour this into the saucepan carefully, then add in the grated ginger. Scrape the vanilla beans from the pod and add these too.
Allow the water to boil, then reduce to a simmer for quarter of an hour.
Add the tea, turn off the heat and allow the concotion to seep for 4 to 5 minutes.
Strain the spices to serve and sweeten naturally if required with honey or stevia. If you prefer white, add coconut milk, cream or almond milk (non sweetened)
You can add cream or coconut milk/ cream if you want.