Kenyan ginger-also known as Chai ya Tangawizi in Swahili, is a sweet tea made with milk, water, black tea leaves and infused with ginger. It is not only quick and easy to make, but also requires just a handful of ingredients.
This is the morning beverage of choice in most Kenyan households and has been for hundreds of years. As a matter of fact, no Kenyan breakfast is complete without some Kenyan ginger tea.
Easy Kenya Ginger Tea Recipe
This Kenyan ginger tea is so soothing which makes it perfect for cold days. It has warming properties that warm you from the inside out, especially on those cold winter days. This tea is best drunk hot or warm.
Kenyan Ginger Tea Is Good For You
The benefits of Ginger are many from reducing inflammation in the body, strengthening the immune system, to helping with digestive disorders. Furthermore, ginger acts as a painkiller and even ramps up the metabolism.
Also ginger improves blood circulation but most noteworthy is that it is perfect as a natural cold and flu remedy. Across the globe, people use ginger in the day-to-day diet because of these reasons.
What goes in Kenyan Ginger Tea?
- black tea
How To Make Kenyan Ginger Tea
The process of making this ginger tea is easy.
FIRST: In a large pot over medium heat, add all the ingredients (water, milk, black tea, and ginger) and bring to a boil.
SEDOND: Once it comes to a boil, immediately uncover the pot or else, the tea will spill over.
THIRD: Allow the tea to simmer on low heat for another 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the tea leaves and ginger dissolve in the tea.
FOURTH: Sieve the ginger tea into a mug and finish by adding sugar to your taste.
How To Serve Kenyan Ginger Tea
Chai ya Tangawizi is one way of starting your day and a great substitute for your morning coffee too.
It is best consumed hot or warm with some mandazi or even just as is. The addition of sugar is optional so omit it altogether if you don’t want it.
How To Refrigerate Leftover Chai Ya Tangawizi
Transfer cooled Kenyan Ginger Tea into an air-tight container like a Mason jar and store in the fridge.
Consume within 24 hours otherwise, it will not taste as good as fresh.
To Re-heat chai ya tangawizi, transfer to a small pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
More Tips For Chai Ya Tangawizi
- For a quicker version of this recipe, substitute fresh ginger with ginger powder.
- For a vegan alternative, substitute milk with almond milk, coconut milk or even soy milk.
- Substitute sugar with honey or any other sweetener of choice.
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Kenyan Ginger Tea (Chai ya Tangawizi)
- 1 1/2 tbsp Black tea
- 2 cups Water
- 3 cups Milk
- Sugar to taste
- 2 tsp fresh grated ginger (2 tsp ginger powder)
- In a large pot over medium heat, add all the ingredients (water, milk, black tea, and ginger) and bring to a boil.
- Once it comes to a boil, immediately uncover the pot or else, the tea will spill over.
- Allow the tea to simmer on low heat for another 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the tea leaves and ginger dissolve in the tea.
- Sieve the ginger tea into a mug and finish by adding sugar to your taste.
- Feel free to adjust the ratio of milk to water depending on how creamy you like your tea.
- For a quicker version of this recipe, substitute fresh ginger with dried ginger.
- Substituted the milk with almond milk or any other animal-free milk for a vegan version.
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