Kenyan Ginger Tea (Chai ya Tangawizi)

Kenyan Ginger Tea-also known as “Chai ya Tangawizi” in Swahili, is a sweet tea made with milk, water, black tea leaves and infused with ginger flavor from fresh or dried 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.

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What goes in Kenyan Ginger Tea?

  • Milk
  • water
  • black tea
  • ginger
  • sugar

A full list of measurements is in the recipe box below.


How To Make Kenyan Ginger Tea 

The process of making this ginger tea is easy. 

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FIRST: In a large pot over medium heat,  bring water to a boil. 

SECOND: Once it comes to a boil, add black tea leaves and simmer for a minute. 

THIRD: To that, add milk and ginger powder and stir with a whisk. 

FOURTH:  Simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes and sieve into your tea mug.  

FIFTH: Add sugar to your taste and enjoy.


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.

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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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