Yesterday I had a great time holding my first workshop about mixing your own spices. The atmosphere was great thanks to the cosy location we had and the turnout was much greater than I expected.
If I learned anything from this experience is that adults are just as excited to work on small ‘hands-on projects’ as children are and that doing things together with complete strangers can be a great way of networking and brightening up your day.
We made a couple of spice mixes for sweet and savoury cooking ( pumpkin spice and za’atar), after which we proceeded to make our own chai mix, prepare it and drink it! Since a lot of the participants have asked me for a more detailed recipe of how to prepare the chai after the spice mix is ready I will elaborate on that a little bit here.
After you have crushed and mixed the spices (see the ingredients further below) you pour 1 cup of milk/per serving in a pot and you the chai spice mix (also for 1 serving- depending on how many cups of milk you pour you add more of the spice mix). Turn the heat of the stove to a medium temperature and allow the milk and spices to simmer for about 10 minutes. After that, you pour 1 cup of water (for each cup of milk you pour 1 cup of water) and add a teaspoon of black tea dried leaves. Allow it to simmer for another 5 minutes all together, after which you should let it rest with a lid on top for another 5 minutes.
Pass it through a sieve while pouring it into a cup and enjoy the rich smell and flavour!
- If you wish to cut out the black tea due to caffeine you can cut out the part where you add the tea and the water and enjoy the spicy milk.
- For vegans and vegetarians, rice milk works best for this chai and you cut out the part where you add the water.
- 2 teaspoons crushed cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons cardamom pods
- 2 teaspoons crushed cloves
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon crushed dried ginger or 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon whole white pepper
- Crush them all lightly in a mortar, using a pestle, and mix them together.
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