How to make masala chai with chamomile (delicious caffeine-free chai for any time of day!)
There’s nothing quite as comforting as the smell of homemade chai.
And when it comes to relaxation, chamomile tea is a go-to favorite.
Now, picture combining them together: it’s the best drink for unwinding!
So, if you enjoy both chai and chamomile, give this recipe a try.
It will make your kitchen smell amazing and bring a sense of relaxation to your day.
What you’ll need
- Use whole spices instead of powdered ones.
This will enhance the taste of your recipe and make it easier to strain them before serving
- Feel free to choose your preferred type of milk, but make sure that it is suitable for heating in a saucepan.
- be cautious with almond milk as it can turn bitter if heated for too long
- oat milk and coconut milk (especially the cream) can become overly thick
- Any type of sweetener works well for this recipe: regular sugar, brown sugar…
One of my favorite ways to sweeten this chamomile chai is by using my homemade vanilla honey because the vanilla adds a beautiful touch.
Time needed: 20 minutes
How to make chamomile chai
- Roast spices
Cut the nutmeg into small pieces using a knife.
Next, place the cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon, and cut nutmeg in a pan and roast them over medium heat for a couple of minutes, or until a pleasant aroma is released.
- Grind the spices
Coarsely crush the spices with a mortar and pestle or in a food processor.
- Bring spices to a boil
Put the coarsely crushed spices in water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat.
You can add the peeled and grated ginger root while the water is heating up.
Allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 5 minutes.
- Add chamomile tea
After around 5 minutes simmering, add the chamomile flowers and continue simmering for another 5 minutes.
- Add milk
Then, add the milk and let the mixture heat for another 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent the milk from cooking and sticking to the bottom.
- Sweeten and serve
Add your preferred sweetener and strain the mixture. If you’re making it for multiple people with varying sweetness preferences, you can add the sweetener directly to each cup after straining.
Chamomile Chai Recipe
- Small saucepan
- Use a knife to cut the nutmeg into small pieces. Combine the nutmeg with the roughly broken cinnamon, cardamom pods, and cloves in a pan. Roast the mixture over medium heat for a couple of minutes until you notice a delightful aroma of roasted spices.
- Roughly crush the spices using a mortar and pestle. As and alternative, you can also use a food processor.
- Place the spices and water in a saucepan and bring them to a simmer over medium heat. While heating, grate the peeled ginger into the water.Allow the mixture to simmer for around 5 minutes.
- Add the chamomile tea and continue simmering for another 5 minutes.
- Then add the milk and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Turn the heat off, sweeten to taste and strain into the mugs.
- If you are making this chamomile chai for people with different preferences for sweetness, you can add the sugar (or sweetener) directly to each person’s mug after straining the tea.
- This recipe works well with almost any type of sweetener (regular sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup…), but one of my personal favorites is using homemade vanilla infused honey; it adds a delicious touch!
I hope you indulge in the soothing harmony of flavors of this chamomile chai recipe and let it bring warmth and tranquility to your soul.
Cheers to moments of pure relaxation and comfort!