"Tea-free" Chai

Chai is a delicious oriental spice and black tea blend originating from South Asia. The base for making chai is usually black tea, such as assam, which is then spiced up with a mix of Indian herbs and spices. The dominant element of chai spice mix is cardamom, which is combined with other spices, most typically such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, star anise etc. Many variations of the traditional “Masala Chai” blend exist and I don’t thin that there is only one correct way to make your own chai mix – a little creativity according to taste is allowed here.

As already mentioned, the chai spices are most commonly blended with black tea, and I’ve always just loooved spicy chai teas! However, this time I wanted to try whether my favourite tea flavour would pair well with something else too. Surprise surprise, I ended up trying it with my favorite meal a.k.a. breakfast porridge and it turned out just as I expected! In this recipe, the strongest flavours are cinnamon and cardamom, whereas the nutmeg just gives the porridge a little spicy “kick”. I figured that these spices would go best with blueberry (I just needed to add obligatory berries in the recipe heh), because it is mild enough not to cover the wonderful chai taste. Besides, blueberry gives the breakfast a pretty purple color and breakfast just tastes 1000x better when it also looks beautiful…so here’s for you fellow chai tea lovers:

Blueberry Chai overnight porrij


What you will need:

1/2dl rye flakes

1/2dl spelt semolina (Finnish: manna) or spelt flakes

1dl blueberries (I used frozen ones)

2dl oat milk

1tbsp chia seeds

1/3tsp cinnamon

1/3tsp cardamom

1/4tsp nutmeg

Preferred toppings:

pear, dates, coconut


How to do it?

  • First start by making your “blueberry milk”: blend your oat milk with the blueberries with a processor until smooth. If you use frozen blueberries let them warm up a bit first but no need to thave completely.
  • Next combine all your dry ingredients (not the toppings) in your overnight jar.
  • Then blend in your blueberry milk, let the porridge sit for a couple of minutes, then stir once more and place in the fridge for at least a couple oh hours to build up but preferably overnight.
  • In the morning, top with sliced pear, dates and coconut, enjoy & imagine being in India (or then skip the last part).

xx a

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