Welcome to a brewing journey in your own home! As a barista, I have learned over the years that tea drinking is more than just sipping on hot water with tea leaves. It is an art form with endless variations and possibilities. In this recipe article, I want to introduce you to the unique blend of African tea – masala chai.
There is no better way to experience the cultural diversity and flavors of Africa than with a cup of tea. With its savory-sweet taste and aromatic flavors, African tea is sure to captivate your senses and ignite your taste buds.
You may find many tea recipes online, but African chai is one of those recipes that are worth trying at home. This infusion of black tea leaves, fresh ginger, whole cloves, green cardamom pods, and black peppercorns with a touch of cinnamon sticks and sugar is a refreshing alternative to your traditional chai recipe.
Whether you’re sipping it alone or enjoying it with friends on cold nights, this unique blend of teas will warm your soul with each sip. Let’s dive into the recipe and unleash the taste of Africa in your kitchen.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a unique blend of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds? Look no further than this African tea recipe!
What makes this chai African tea so special is the savory and sweet spices that will touch your senses in the most delightful ways. The combination of cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, black peppercorns, and cardamom pods create a bit of licorice root, which makes this masala chai unlike any other.
But it’s not just the spice blend that makes this recipe so appealing. This chai tea is also infused with fresh ginger slices and black tea leaves, giving it a bold yet smooth flavor that’s both rich and satisfying all at once.
Whether you’re a fan of traditional Indian masala tea or looking to try something new and exciting, this African tea recipe is a must-try! Plus, with simple ingredients like milk, sugar, and water, you can whip up an insanely good cup of tea right in the comfort of your own home.
To make this African chai tea recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- Water: You will need 4 cups of water for this recipe.
- Black tea leaves: Use 2 teaspoons of Kenyan black tea leaves or any other black tea of your preference.
- Fresh ginger sliced: 1-inch piece of fresh ginger sliced.
- Cinnamon sticks: 2 whole cinnamon sticks.
- Cardamom: 12 whole green cardamom pods or 1 tablespoon ground cardamom.
- Whole cloves: 6 whole cloves.
- Black peppercorns: 1 teaspoon black peppercorns.
- Milk: You will need 2 cups of milk (use whole milk for a creamier texture).
- Sugar: Use 4 teaspoons of sugar or adjust to your liking.
Note: You can add or reduce spices based on your preferences. Feel free to experiment with your African chai tea by adding other spices like orange peel, nutmeg, star anise, and even rose petals.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gathered all our ingredients, let’s learn how to make African Chai tea.
Step 1: Boil Water with Spices
In a saucepan, pour water and add cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, a small piece of ginger, and a pinch of black peppercorns. You can also put in some rose petals or licorice root for an extra flavor. Bring the ingredients to a boil and then let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
Step 2: Add Black Tea Leaves
Once you’ve simmered the spices, add your preferred black tea leaves to the mixture. Let it steep for about 5-10 minutes until you get the desired strength of your tea. If you prefer stronger tea, you can leave it longer or add more tea leaves.
Step 3: Add Milk and Sugar
Next step is to add the sugar and milk to the mixture. Different people like different levels of sweetness, so adjust accordingly to your taste. For the milk, you can use whole milk or any kind of milk that you prefer.
Step 4: Simmer and Strain
Let everything simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes until the milk has been fully incorporated into the tea mixture. After simmering, strain your tea into another pot using cheesecloth or strainer to separate spices, tea leaves from liquid. You can also put fresh ginger slices, cinnamon sticks or cardamom pods into your strained chai tea to add flavors.
Step 5: Serve and Enjoy
Your African Chai Tea is now ready! You can serve it hot or chilled over ice depending on your preference. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, ginger slices or any topping that will complement the taste of your chai.
Experiment with different variations with spices or teas to perfect your own blend of African Chai tea!
Substitutions and Variations
Variety is the spice of life, and you can experiment with different ingredients for your African Chai Tea. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try to make your tea more personalized:
– Milk: You can use any type of milk, including almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or oat milk. For a richer taste, you can use condensed or evaporated milk.
– Sugar: You can use white sugar, brown sugar, honey or agave syrup depending on your preference. If you want to skip sugar entirely, you can add a few drops of stevia extract for a healthier option.
– Tea Leaves: Black tea leaves are essential for this recipe but if not available, try replacing them with Kenyan black tea leaves which will give your Chai a unique taste. You can also experiment with green tea leaves or rooibos for caffeine-free options.
– Spices: The spices used in African chai tea are very flexible. In place of cardamom, you may use 1 cinnamon stick and 3 whole cloves per cup of water. African Chai uses ginger but if not accessible then use 1/4th tsp ground ginger or dried ginger powder.
– Masala: You can purchase pre-made masala chai powder from any food store if you are having trouble finding the individual spices separately.
Don’t be afraid to play around with the recipe and find the perfect blend of flavors that work for you. However, do stick to the recommended measurements as they can drastically change the taste of the tea when not followed correctly.
Serving and Pairing
Now that you’ve brewed a warm and aromatic pot of African chai tea, you might be wondering what to pair it with. As someone who has tasted the best combinations, I’ve got a few suggestions for you.
Firstly, I must say that this unique blend of tea can be enjoyed on its own. It’s savory and sweet at the same time, thanks to the touch of rose petals and a bit of licorice root. But if you want to elevate your drinking experience, here are some ideas.
If you’re a pastry lover, then you’ll love sipping on African chai tea with some butter croissants or sweet damper bread. The richness of milk tea will complement the fluffiness of the bread and bring out the sweet spices in the tea. You could also try pairing your chai with oatmeal cookies or pumpkin muffins for a snack that’s filling and satisfying.
For a heartier meal, I’d recommend having African chai with lamb chops or grilled chicken. The rich flavor of the meat will stand up well to the bold flavors in the tea while allowing its subtle aromas and spices to shine through.
If you’re looking for something more dairy-centric, a creamy cheese like feta or goat cheese will create a beautiful harmony with the milkiness in the chai tea. A subtle sweetness in brie cheese also pairs well with chai for an explosion of flavors in your mouth.
Lastly, whether you prefer it hot or cold, African Chai tea is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy it as an iced latte or hot milk karak tea in the summer or winter months. Its versatility is just one reason why this must-try recipe is insanely good!
So go ahead and experiment with these pairing ideas or come up with some new ones of your own. After all, there are endless possibilities when it comes to enjoying African chai tea!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Once you’ve made a large batch of African Chai tea, the next step is to determine how best to preserve and/or reheat it. I must confess, this tea recipe can accommodate both scenarios with relative ease.
If you’d like to keep this tasty East African chai milk tea for another day, you can simply mix it up in advance until it reaches your desired taste profile. Once complete, allow the mixture to cool down completely before storing it on your refrigerator shelf. If stored properly and adequately refrigerated, your Chai tea should stay fresh for up to 2-3 days.
Another alternative is freezing your Chai tea. To do so – let the mixture cool down completely before pouring into an airtight container or a ziplock bag for storage. Once ready for use again, defrost and heat up! Doing so will allow you to enjoy authentic tasting chai in even greater quantities on hand for longer periods of time.
Reheating the Chai tea can be done multiple ways as well, including on your stovetop. Most people recommend using a double-boiler approach when reheating milk-based drinks such as chai latte or masala chai on your stove top as this technique minimizes burning and scorching of the milk while tempering it gently back up. Heat slowly by placing the container/water used for making in boiling water while continuously stirring the liquid content. And voila! You’ve got a hot cup of spicy/sweet Chai to enjoy any time anywhere!
Something which has been all-time favorite is turning leftover/reheating freshly-made African Chai into either an iced-glass ‘Karak’ or an Indian spiced-chai latte using flavorsome ‘masala chai’. And what’s even better, both methods work flawlessly with different flavors and spices giving dynamic twists to its already unique blend that takes every sip to uncharted terrain. The recipe proves insanely good whether served cold during summers or piping hot in winters!
If you’re looking forward to saving time from making a whole new batch ever so often, store your African chai right away!
Tips for Perfect Results
If you want to make the perfect cup of African Chai Tea, here’s what you need to do. First and foremost, make sure to use fresh ingredients. When using spices like cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods, make sure they are not stale; otherwise, the tea won’t taste as good.
Another important tip is to simmer the tea over low heat for 30 minutes to let all the flavors meld together. This unique blend of savory and sweet spices with a touch of rose petal and a bit of licorice root makes for a delicious cup of masala chai that will warm your soul.
When using milk in your tea, make sure it’s hot but not boiling. Boiling the milk can cause it to curdle and ruin the taste of your chai. For a creamier consistency, use whole milk instead of skim or low-fat milk.
If you’re making iced chai, let it cool first before adding ice. Adding ice to hot chai can cause it to become diluted and lose its rich flavor.
For an extra kick of flavor, add a piece of fresh ginger sliced thin and steep for an additional five minutes. Ginger adds a spicy note that perfectly complements the sweet and savory flavors of the tea.
Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions. Try using green cardamom instead of black, or adding some Kenyan black tea leaves for a more robust flavor. With so many African tea recipes out there to try at home, you’re sure to find a masala chai recipe that is insanely good.
Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to making the perfect cup of chai tea!
As your scribe, I have already filled you in on all the nitty-gritty details of this African Tea recipe. Still, as with any good recipe, there are some pressing questions that might come to mind. Therefore, I have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about this recipe and my expert answers to guide you in creating a perfect brew every time. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about making the best African tea at home!
What is African chai tea?
When it comes to a flavorful tea option that’s a bit different from the norm, African Chai tops the list. This particular blend features delicious Kenyan black tea that’s been perfectly spiced with a mix of savory and sweet flavors. A hint of rose petal rounds out the taste, while a small amount of licorice root brings just the right amount of sweetness. While some may be used to the taste of traditional Indian masala chai, African Chai is a unique twist on this classic choice. Whether you prefer it hot or iced, plain or with a bit of milk, you’re sure to love the warming deliciousness of African Chai.
How do you make chai tea?
Hey there, I’m gonna share with you my secret recipe to make a delicious chai tea concentrate that you can store in your fridge and use anytime you’re in the mood for something warm and cozy.
First, take a pot and pour in 2 cups of water. Put it to boil on high heat until it reaches boiling point. Then, add 15 grams of chai spice blend to the water and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to infuse the spices properly. The aroma of the spices will fill your kitchen and you’ll start feeling the cozy vibes already.
After 30 minutes, add 15-20 grams of base tea to the pot (use any tea of your preference as the base). Let it simmer for another 4 minutes, making sure to keep an eye on it to prevent it from boiling over. Once done, take it off the heat and let it infuse for about 8 minutes. This will allow all the flavors to blend together nicely.
The next step is to strain the concentrate using a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth or coffee filter—whatever you have at home. This will remove any solid particles from the concentrate and make it nice and smooth. While the concentrate is still warm, add 2 and a half tablespoons of honey to it. This will add a touch of sweetness to the concentrate and make it taste even better.
And voila! You’ve just made a delicious chai tea concentrate that you can store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Whenever you’re in the mood for some chai, simply grab a cup, fill it with a third of the concentrate, and top it off with some hot milk. You can also add some ice and cold milk to make it an iced chai. Enjoy!
What’s the difference between chai tea and chai black tea?
In essence, chai is a mixture of black tea and hot milk, while Masala tea, on the other hand, involves blending black tea, milk along with some unique spices. Due to the increasing demand for chai worldwide, several Western tea enthusiasts have started calling milk tea as chai latte or chai tea.
What is African tea made of?
Rooibos tea is a kind of herbal tea that is made from the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis shrub. It is typically grown on the western coast of South Africa and is not associated with green or black tea.
In conclusion, this African Chai Tea recipe is a unique and delicious blend of savory and sweet spices that will tantalize your taste buds. With its touch of rose petals and licorice root, this recipe is sure to be a hit with all of your friends and family.
I strongly recommend that you try out this recipe in the comfort of your own home. Not only is it insanely good, but it also has endless possibilities for variations and substitutions. Plus, with its spiced chai taste, it’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s hot or cold outside.
So why not give it a try today? Trust me, you won’t be sorry!
Chai, African Tea Recipe
- 4 cups water
- 2 -4 teaspoons black tea leaves
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 3 -4 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
- 3 cups milk (2% or whole)
- Simmer water, black tea leaves, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, and sugar for 10 minutes.
- Add the milk and heat just until hot.
- Strain and serve.
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.