Lavender, Chamomile & Cardamom Chai Tea: Recipe

This lavender, chamomile and cardamom chai tea recipe is inspired by a tea flight we tried at Pip’s Original Doughnuts in Portland earlier this year. It’s fragrant yet mild in comparison to the classic masala chai which most of us think about when we talk about chai. If you like lavender, this is a great drink served hot during the winter or cold during the summer.

lavender chamomile and cardamom chai tea recipe


Preparation Time: 5 minutes / Makes 6-8 cups


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp dried lavender
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf black tea, English breakfast preferably
  • 2 tbsp cardamom pods, crushed gently
  • 1 tbsp dried chamomile

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container.

To make a cup of chai:

  1. Add 1 tbsp of chai mix and 200ml of milk to a saucepan (per person).
  2. Simmer on a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add a teaspoon of honey and stir well (optional).
  4. Strain the chai into a mug and drink immediately.

Notes

Typically I provide gram measurements for recipes however with this recipe the proportions are more important than the exact measurements. The main thing is that you use half the amount of chamomile in comparison to all the other spices. The chamomile is a strong flavour and can easily overwhelm the other delicate spices. If you are lactose intolerant/diary free this also works really well with almond or coconut milk.

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Lauren has travelled extensively, allowing her to experience different cultures around the world. This has fed her desire to travel and try as many cuisines as possible. Lauren's appreciation for food is grounded in the philosophy that food has a unique way of telling a story about family, friends or struggles. She believes food is a way of preserving culture and the stories of the people behind them. This has inspired her to create recipes and design events that ensure food from different cultures is accessible at home.

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