Tea for Two

Kantilal from Singapore asks:

“Can you suggest a substitute drink in place of tea? A family member is trying to give up tea but without the cup in the morning is unable to function and becomes completely listless.”

My reply: Rooibos tea ie excellent, and has no caffeine. Or try this chai:

Hot Spiced Tea (Masala Chai)

Whenever I make this tea at home, I use a naturally caffeine-free tea from the plant Aspalathus linearis called Rooibos, that is grown on the slopes of South Africa’s Cedarberg mountains. It is available at well-stocked supermarkets as Rooi tea (pronounced “Roy”). The tea lends itself well to this version of the ubiquitous spicy chai available all over the Indian Subcontinent. Serves 4.

4 cups water
one 6cm cinnamon stick
10 green cardamom pods
10 whole cloves
1¼ cups milk
2½ tablespoons sugar, or to taste
6 teaspoons Rooibos tea, or 2 bags

Bring to the boil the water, along with the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, in a medium saucepan over full heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Return to the boil, drop in the Rooibos tea, remove from the heat, cover and set aside for 5 minutes.

Add the milk and sugar, strain and serve immediately.

Note: unlike most teas, Rooi tea can be left to draw for long periods then successfully reheated without any bitterness.
Posted by Kurma on 9/9/06; 5:24:14 AM

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