One of my favourite things in winter is a hot, steaming cup of tea. Now I’m the type of person to wear a tank top right until it’s absolutely freezing, so there’s only a small window of cold where I can truly enjoy a hot cuppa.
So in celebration of the cold, I decided to make a steaming, creamy pot of chai.
“Chai”, literally just translates to tea, and in this case it refers to a particular kind of spiced tea. With a heady mix of cardamom, cloves and other spices, the welcoming scent of the tea brewing on the stove is almost as delicious as the tea itself.
Homemade Chai Latte
4 tsp assam tea leaves (or two bags of black tea)
4 cardamom pods
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon (or 1 whole quill)
1 star anise
3 tbsp honey
0.5 tsp whole black pepper
0.5 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean)
2 cups milk (I used soy)
1.5 cup water
Bring the water to the boil.
Add tea and spices into a medium pot, cover with the boiling water, and simmer over low heat for 3 minutes.
Add vanilla, the 2 cups of milk, and simmer for 4-5 minutes, or infused to your liking.
Stir through the honey.
Use a stronger honey if you like to add a floral note to your cup of chai. I strongly urge you to play around with the mix till you find your sweet spot – I’m a cinnamon girl, myself.