Is the weather getting a little bit chilly in your neck of the woods? Are you looking for a hot beverage that is punctuated with autumnal spices to warm you down to your toes? And do you want it to be dairy free and sugar free? Well you are in for a treat because I have got just the beverage for you! Spiced almond Noon Chai, a salty and sweet tea flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom. It’s dairy free as it uses almond milk but you get all the same creaminess in this hug in a mug.
This tea is adapted from the Kashmiri classic noon chai. I have to say adapted as I sadly don’t have access to authentic Kashmiri green tea and used a regular green teabag. If however, you would like to be a bit more authentic and use the real stuff, you can actually very easily buy it from Amazon here: Neuteeland 200 g Kashmiri green organic. I also used almond milk as opposed to the traditional cow’s milk, so it is a bit of a fusion twist that is vegan friendly or suitable for anyone following the paleo lifestyle.
Kashmiri noon chai is meant to have a pink tint to it from the addition of bicarbonate of soda, however my tea pretty much looked the standard tea colour. But I didn’t really think it mattered as I loved the taste of the tea itself. Slightly salty (noon means salt), slightly sweet, creamy and aromatic from the spices and a hint of nuttiness from the almond milk, it’s like a liquid party for your tastebuds. It’s the slight saltiness which creates a different flavour from your standard milky tea.
And because you’re being so good in drinking a dairy free and sugar free tea, it is totally ok for you to indulge and pair this hot beverage with some cheeky cake and biscuits. If you’re going for a vintage feel, check out my bakewell cake recipe, or my tahini cookies for a more Eastern mood.
So if you’re well and truly getting stuck into the sweater season, try out this healthful and spicy tea.
- 1 green tea bag
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2-3 green cardamoms
- 1 cardamom stick, snapped into pieces
- 1 cup almond milk
- Raw Honey to serve (optional)
- In a pot, bring water to a boil. Add in tea bag, cardamom, cinnamon stick, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Be careful as it may boil over when you add in the bicarbonate of soda, so reduce the heat down to low.
- Allow the tea to boil on a low to medium heat for 15-30 minutes to allow the tea to brew. Then stir in the almond milk. Keep on stirring for a further 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Add 1tsp of raw honey per serving or sweeten to taste.
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