Since going on a yoga retreat a couple of weekends ago, I’ve been totally hooked on chai, or spiced tea. Traditionally it is made with black tea and loads of suger, but here’s the recipe I’ve been using for a caffeine-free, slightly healthier verision.
1 tsp peppercorns
1 tsp fennel
4 star anis
1 cinnamon stick
4 cardamom pods
1/2 inch fresh ginger
Add all the ingredients to 4 pints of water and bring to the boil, take off the heat and add 4 Rooibus tea bags. Steep for fifteen minutes, strain, then add honey to taste (about 2-3 tablespoons).
This can be kept in the fridge for a week or so. To serve, pour the required amount into a saucepan, add milk to taste and reheat.
It looks just like ‘normal’ tea, but has a deliciously warming and comforting spicey flavour. Enjoy!