Homemade Masala Chai (dairy free, caffeine free)
A lovely warming Masala Chai made with rooibus to make it caffeine free, and oat milk to make it dairy free. Serves 4 (double the recipe if you want to keep some in the fridge to re-heat).
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
- 3 cups water you’ll simmer this down to 2
- 1 inch piece ginger root sliced thin or grated
- 10 cardamom pods
- 2 star anise
- 3 cinnamon quills
- ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 vanilla bean
- 10 black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 cups oat milk or use a nut or seed milk
- 2 teaspoons red rooibus tea or black tea if you don't mind the caffeine
Place the cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle and give them a gentle grind to break them open and release the seeds, then add to a pot with the 3 cups of water. Grind the star anise and fennel in the same way, then add to the pot.
Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise, then add to the pot along with the grated nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and peppercorns (basically everything but the rooibus/black tea and oat milk!).
Bring the water to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover slightly and leave it to reduce to about 2 cups – this may take between 15 and 20 minutes.
Add the oat milk and black tea, bring the water to a boil again then reduce to a simmer for five minutes.
Strain through a sieve and serve.