Turmeric Chai with Fresh Ginger & Vanilla Bean – Dairy Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free
There is a local cafe/restaurant near us, uniquely named Three Blue Ducks – it’s nothing short of amazing. The produce is seasonal and fresh, the meals are modern, healthy and wholesome. The vibe is chilled, but the food presentation is what one might describe as relaxed sophistication. It all looks simple, but no doubt beyond the capabilities of most. Or perhaps it’s the “different” factor. Everything on the menu is with a twist that is unmatched by most and this is all probably why these guys get a regular mention in the Gourmet Traveller Annual Restaurant Guide – a quality little publication which only ever gives mention to the best of the very best.
Cutting to the chase, however, the Ducks do a very special chai latte, which they title, the “Golden Mile”, brewed with turmeric on an almond milk base – it warms and makes you feel instantly good from the inside out. I missed the opportunity to get one of these this morning. My kindly neighbour offered to grab me one, but it was all too late by the time I saw her text. My baby was crying, I was midway through the checkout line at Coles – it just wasn’t going to happen.
So, when I got home – I made my own and I made it well, which is why I’m sharing this recipe with you. I’ve used a regular Chai Tea as the base. I really do like to use T2 Chai as it has a perfect balance of flavours – tea & spices. I’ve added fresh ginger and part of a vanilla bean, together with turmeric powder. If you can get your hands on the real stuff though, then a few tiny slices turmeric root would be brilliant.
The thing about Turmeric is that it’s got super duper magic powers – it’s anti-viral and anti-inflammatory – it aids in the repair and healing of the most endless list of ailments. It’s a super food. A super spice. It can only provide benefit to the body.
I’ve used a coconut milk base. I am absolutely loving Inside Out’s Coconut Milk, but if can’t find it, then a homemade version, or homemade almond milk will work perfectly.
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Brewing time: 10 minutes
- Small saucepan
- 2 heaped tsp Chai Tea (I like to use T2 Chai)
- 3 slices fresh ginger
- 1/4 vanilla bean, halved
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 500 mL Fresh Coconut Milk, or Almond Milk (I like to use Inside Out branded milks)
- In a small saucepan, add all of the ingredients and brew at a very gentle simmer for 10 minutes, until the flavours infuse.
- Strain before serving and enjoy.