Kenyan Ginger Tea


Kenyan Ginger Tea

Did you know that the word ‘chai’ is Swahili for ‘tea’? So when people say “chai tea”, they are really saying “tea tea”. It will bug you from now on when you hear people say it. But I had to tell you! This is the stuff Jeopardy questions are made of, after all. The real point of my vocabulary lesson is that I learned the meaning of ‘chai’ while visiting an African restaurant called the Kenyan Café where they served the best teas I’ve ever had in my entire life. The ones I ordered most often were the red ginger and masala teas; they were so warm, soothing and delicious! I always dreamt of buying a whole gallon of one and savoring it slowly for months in the comfort of my own home. Sadly, the restaurant closed before I could make this dream come true. 🙁 There was nothing I could do but figure out how to make my own—or maybe find the former owner of the Kenyan Café, knock on his door, and demand that he hand over his red ginger chai recipe, please and thank you. Ok, I’m not that desperate. But if I see him in Kroger someday, well, I can’t make any promises. 😉

Actually, I did come up with a pretty close replica of the red ginger tea, at least in taste. It was sort of a happy accident that it ended up tasting so much like the Kenyan tea I love so much. The recipe started out as a spicy tea I always make for us when we get sinus headaches; I actually called it sinus tea. Gross. (The name, not the tea!) It includes a base of black tea, cayenne pepper that encourages sinus drainage, a hefty sprinkling of ginger to soothe stomachs upset by post-nasal drip, a dash of vanilla extract, and either honey or Truvia to add a little sweetness. One morning, Asa asked me to make him tea for breakfast, and I thought I’d add a little cardamom and some heavy cream to my sinus tea recipe. After sampling it, I thought I was back at the Kenyan Café eating samosas and sipping on red ginger chai amidst giraffe wall hangings and vibrant yellow tablecloths! 🙂 Phew. At least now I won’t be arrested for trying to steal some poor Kenyan guy’s tea recipe. 😉

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Kenyan Ginger Tea
Kenyan Ginger Tea
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This soothing, warm, and exotic-tasting drink will take your taste buds on a trip to Kenya without requiring you to ever leave your kitchen! 🙂 And, for the Trim Healthy Mamas out there, this recipe fits nicely into the S category!
    Servings
    2 mugfuls
    Servings
    2 mugfuls
    Kenyan Ginger Tea
    Kenyan Ginger Tea
    Print Recipe
    This soothing, warm, and exotic-tasting drink will take your taste buds on a trip to Kenya without requiring you to ever leave your kitchen! 🙂 And, for the Trim Healthy Mamas out there, this recipe fits nicely into the S category!
      Servings
      2 mugfuls
      Servings
      2 mugfuls
      Ingredients
      • 1/16 tsp red cayenne pepper
      • 1/4 tsp cardamom (a heaping one!)
      • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
      • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
      • 1/4-1/2 tsp honey or Truvia (or adjust to your own taste)
      • 2 tbsp heavy cream
      • 2 black tea bags
      • 2 "mugfuls" water
      Servings: mugfuls
      Instructions
      1. Using your favorite mug, measure out 2 “mugfuls” of water, pour it into a small saucepan, and set the burner to high heat.
      2. Tear the strings off of two black tea bags and drop them into the pot with the water.
      3. Next, add the cayenne, ginger, and cardamom directly into the pot.
      4. Once the water reaches a boil, remove the pot from the burner. Being careful not to tear them, squish the teabags with a spoon to encourage the steeping a bit.
      5. Remove the teabags when you are satisfied with the concentration of the tea.
      6. Add vanilla to the pot.
      7. *At this point, you can strain your tea through a coffee filter to get rid of the loose spices, if that bothers you. I leave them in there.
      8. Finally, fill up a mug with tea, splash in some cream and honey/Truvia to suit your tastes, and enjoy taking your taste buds on a little trip to Kenya without ever leaving your kitchen!

      8 thoughts on “Kenyan Ginger Tea

        1. International teas are becoming a favorite of mine too! I used to not be a tea drinker till I discovered all the possibilities out there outside of what I found at Kroger and Walmart. What a big world there is! lol. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

      1. its look like delicious. I should try this recipes. thanks for the post.. If the flavor is match with my mouth, perhaps this could be a new menu for my cafe later.. :D..

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