A Warming Cup of Winter Chai

my chaiChai becomes my favourite cup at this time of year.  I’ve tried lots of pre mixed teas but none comes close to own made. Such a warming and nourishing drink, the joy of which definitely depends on the freshness and quality of the ingredients. I wouldn’t for instance try to take a shortcut with a jar of pre grated ginger, or use powdered spices. As for trim milk – only one word – why? (yuk would also do)

Hari Hai Chai

For 2 cups, or 1 mug:

1 1/2c milk
1/2c water
2 tsp black tea (I like Pratty’s Organic loose leaf)
4cm cinnamon stick, roughly crumbled
5 green cardamon pods, lightly crushed
5 whole cloves
2 tsp fresh grated ginger root
honey to taste

Put everything, except the honey, into a small pot and gently bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes then remove from the heat and put the lid on. Leave to infuse for about 5 minutes, then strain into your favourite mug over a big spoon of honey.

Other spices like black pepper or fennel seed can be used. Use more cinnamon or less ginger and so on. Chai is forgiving – have a play. This here recipe is just how I like it.


  1. Yum, every year without fail you inspire me to try something new, wholesome and decadent. Funny how it’s the home made stuff we make that seems decadent, when many years ago it was normal to eat good quality food. Thanks for the inspiration my friend 🙂

  2. Lorraine Blenkhorn says:

    Hi Kath

    I’ve tried to access the Chai recipe, but somehow I can’t get it. Could be my skill level, but no luck.