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Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free}

Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
My daughter India and I love making chai in the Thermomix with cashew milk –
it’s gorgeous! So creamy. (I cashew milk! Especially vanilla cashew milk…)
Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
Creamy vanilla cashew milk – just add some vanilla bean paste (or the seeds from a vanilla pod) to your cashew milk. Drink it chilled, or heat and froth in the Thermomix to add to cappucinos, hot chocolate, or chai. Make a batch of vanilla cashew milk before you make the chai if you like, so you can drizzle a little into the cups of chai and swirl through to make it look pretty.)
Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking

The other day I decided we really needed to add some chocolate and chilli to our chai for a change. It was so good. Although I admit I added a little too much chilli the first time – I didn’t mind it, but the kids had to keep adding cashew milk to their cups to tone it down – oops! So the next day I made it again for friends, and used half the chilli – they pronounced it to be just right. I think it’s better to not use too much chilli, or you just get a numb mouth and can’t appreciate the chocolatey, spicey flavours. 🙂

Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
There are so many possible variations when making chai. I started with the Chai Masala Tea recipe in the Thermomix cookbook, ‘Fast and Easy Indian Cooking’ (yes, I write all over my cookbooks as I tweak, don’t you??) adding and subtracting spices to taste, as well as grinding up raw cashews and chocolate to make a creamy chocolate milk base. I ended up with a big mess, on a day when I was supposed to be madly cleaning the house, but the results were worth it!
(And I must say a big THANK YOU to Lucy, who sent me a whole pack of organic New Guinea vanilla beans – so lovely of you, and very much appreciated!)
So here’s my recipe, but feel free to change and tweak it to taste – use more or less chilli or cinnamon, maybe some coriander seeds roasted in the Thermomix bowl and ground up with the other spices – there’s plenty of ideas in the Indian cookbook recipe, so have a look and tweak to your heart’s content. The purpose of a recipe is to give you a starting point – you don’t have to stick to it. I never do. Not even my own. 😉
Note: You can find fine sea salt and vanilla powder for this recipe in my online store!
Serves 6
Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
A whole nutmeg
Chocolate Chilli Chai
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  1. 1 whole nutmeg
  2. 1 cardamom pod
  3. 2 large or 3 smaller sticks of cinnamon
  4. 2 whole cloves
  5. 5 peppercorns
  6. 1/2 a dried red chilli
  7. 1 vanilla bean, cut into a few pieces
  8. 80g raw cashews
  9. 80g dark, dairy free chocolate, broken in bits (eg. Green & Black's 70% cocoa, or a 65% cocoa chocolate if you like it a little milder)
  10. 1200g water
  11. ground spices (except nutmeg)
  12. 5 teabags of organic black tea (or 5 tsp loose tea leaves)
  13. 3 or 4 thin slices of fresh ginger
  14. 40g Rapadura (or other natural sweetener, to taste)
  15. a couple of pinches of ground nutmeg, to taste
  1. Make sure your Thermomix bowl is very dry. Turn the speed dial to 7, and drop a whole nutmeg onto the blades through the hole in the lid (quickly popping the MC in place) and let it grind for 30-40 seconds. Remove to a small dish. (The reason you grind the nutmeg separately is because it needs to be added in the last minute as it loses flavour quickly when heated.)
  2. Roughly grind remaining spices in Thermomix bowl on speed 7 for 10 seconds. (You don't want them ground too fine, or else the 'bits' will get through the strainer.)
  3. Add cashews and chocolate to Thermomix bowl and grind on speed 8 for 10 seconds
  4. Add water and blend for 30 seconds on speed 9
  5. Carefully push strainer basket down into the chocolate milk in the bowl, and add the ground spices (except the nutmeg), tea, fresh ginger and sweetener. Cook for 10 minutes at 80C on speed 4
  6. Add nutmeg through hole in lid and cook for 1 minute at 80C on speed 4
  7. Remove basket from bowl (carefully - can get messy!), squeezing tea bags against sides with spatula
  8. Pour the chai through a strainer into a jug.
  9. Pour into cups and add a little hot, frothed cashew milk and swirl through (optional), then grate over a little more chocolate for decoration.
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Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
Spices ready to grind
(a bit too much chilli in this batch – I used half a chilli in the second batch)
Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking
Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free} - Quirky Cooking

3 thoughts on “Chocolate Chilli Chai {dairy free}

  1. Elle says:

    Can I substitute the whole cinnamon for powder, and the whole cardamom for the powder if I’ve run out? How much of each powder to substitute?
    Thanks so much, it looks delicious!!!

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