I have so many tea varieties in my cupboard, they take up a whole shelf. White, black, green, scented, hibiscus…you name it, I have it! I love the variety, and they all do something to make me feel good.

When I know I’m at home for half an hour though, I love making my own version of this original chai, or ‘yogi tea’ as it’s sometimes known. The spices are so warming, and each of them do something amazing for the body too – cinnamon is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, for example, while cardamom is good for lowering blood pressure.

This batch makes about 5 cups of tea – great for a crowd, or keep it in the fridge to reheat or drink cold later. Don’t stress too much about quantities – just play with the flavours until you have the balance you like best. I’m always heavy on the cinnamon!

Yogi Tea (chai)

Ingredients

  • 2 litres cold water
  • 1 teaspoon black loose leaf tea (or 1 teabag)
  • 2 slices fresh root ginger
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamom seeds, split
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 small star anise (optional)

Method

Bring water to the boil. Add black tea, ginger, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom and the cinnamon stick and stir. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve on its own, or with a drop of honey or almond milk.