As wholesome and warming as porridge undeniably is it can get a little monotonous so I thought I’d spice it up a bit by using one of my favourite flavour combinations – chai. Chai is a beverage originating in India, made by brewing black tea with aromatic spices, often served with milk. These spices typically include cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
Chai has in recent years also become popular in the West and all major supermarkets usually carry a selection of instant chai teas. I am not crazy about ordinary black tea, but spicy chai, with its refreshing aroma, takes black tea to a completely new level. If you have never had it I strongly recommend you give it a try.
Some chai recipes also use black peppercorns and I thought they would be a great addition to my chai spiced porridge (in powdered form). It’s really up to you how peppery you’d like your porridge to be; a good pinch of pepper was enough for me.
I wanted to add a kick to my chai spiced porridge recipe, but it wouldn’t really work as a savoury dish so I added a bit of sugar to it too. The crunchy, zingy passion fruit sprinkled on top completes this ultimate wake-me-up can’t-wait-to-start-the-day porridge recipe.
Wake up and smell that porridge:)
Yields 2 servings
5 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
10 minTotal Time
- 1 cup porridge oats
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 teaspoon each ground ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg
- A good pinch of fine sea salt and black pepper
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Demerara sugar for serving (strongly recommended)
- 4 passion fruits
- Combine the oats with the water, milk, spices and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bring to boil, lower the heat and cook for 3 minutes stirring often. Serve with passion fruit and a sprinkling of demerara sugar. Makes 2 servings.