Tea lovers like myself will appreciate this drink. I love a hot beverage and enjoy both the health benefits and calming effects of tea. I've been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. All of the pomp and circumstance that surrounds tea drinking- the tea pots, cups, spoons, saucers, tea napkins, I find it all lovely. Last year I rode throught the beautiful sprawling tea farms of Sri Lanka and it felt like a dream come true.
Currently I'm in Mombasa, Kenya and although Kenya is one of the largest producers of tea in the world, this not a city where you're going to find an abundance of cafes to make a variety of flavored chais or lattes. Kenyan chai consisting of black tea and milk is a staple of the diet. Most Kenyans have chai every single morning with chapati, a flat bread or mahamry, a sweet triangle shaped pastry.
I really enjoy experimenting so I have been playing around with the traditional Kenyan chai by making it with coconut milk and almond milk and by adding different flavors like ginger and cardamom to create a flavor similar to Indian masala chai. The other night I decided to use some beetroot powder to make a beetroot chai. Beetroot is is great source of iron, magnesium and is powerful in lowering blood pressure and enhancing energy. There are many additional benfits of beetroot like cleansing and detoxing the blood of heavy metals and cleansing the liver. If you have a loved one that doesn't like beets this is a delcious way to introduce the benefit of beets into their diet.
Beetroot chai produces a beautiful pink color and is a tasty and creamy alternative to hot cocoa. It's so pretty you can also try introducing it to your little ones in replace of the high fructose strawberry milk products. You can choose between beetroot powder or juice however if you're using a beetroot powder be sure to add it after you've taken your milk off of the stove. Boiling the powder will remove the nutrients.
1/2 cup of milk of your choice
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup of beetroot juice of 2tsp of beetroot powder
Honey to taste
How to Make It
Pour all ingredients into a saucepan. Place over medium heat. Allow to heat until small bubbles appear around the perimeter of the milk. Stir the shai. When the milk comes to a boil, turn off the heat and stir well. If you're using beetroot powder you will want to add this now. Strain care and serve.
Avoid adding too much sugar or honey as beetroot is already high in natural sugars.