chai ghee latte
You like chai. You like lattes. But ghee? Let me explain…
I recently procured some gourmet ghee from a local artisan, Lee at Lee’s Ghee. I got the Noisette flavour, a take on brown butter and let me tell you, it tastes like a decadent treat. If you don’t have something fancy like this, any old ghee will do, either made at home with organic butter or purchased from your local health food store.
So what’s the deal with ghee? Ghee is clarified butter. Here’s a little snippet about ghee from Lee’s website (I’ll let the expert handle the nitty gritty deets):
“Ghee is the purest form of butter. More commonly known as clarified butter in the West, ghee is the result of a long, careful process of removing the milk solids, moisture and impurities from butter on a very low temperature over the course of several hours. Removing the milk solids from butter makes ghee completely shelf stable and heat stable and renders it much easier to digest. Ghee is commonly used in India as a cooking oil and can replace butter in any recipe.”
Why ghee? Ghee has a higher smoke point and is more safe to cook with than volatile oils like olive, grape seed or avocado. It’s much easier on the digestive system than regular butter and in fact in ayurveda it’s used as medicine for many ailments and digestive issues. Due to the cooking process of ghee, casein and lactose are removed, so it’s much less allergenic than butter. Ghee is also rich in fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Now back to the latte.
First things first. Find an old spice jar and add in the following blend for a spicy chai mix.
From Fit Foodie Finds:
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
Place all ingredients together in a container.
The uses for this chai spice are endless! I’ve used it in muffins, donuts, and cocktails, to name a few.
Here’s how I use it to make my chai ghee latte.
chai ghee latte
- 1/4 C cashews
- 1.5 C water
- 1 tsp-tbsp chai spice
- 1 tbsp ghee
Put a pot on the stove at low medium.
First put the ghee in just to melt a little bit.
Add the cashews and water to warm (not boil). Note: If you have some pre-made nutmilk, simply add that rather than the cashews and water
Place all ingredients into a blender… blend!
The result will be a frothy, creamy chai latte. Enjoy in the morning instead of coffee or at high tea with a light sweet treat and your Grandmother’s beautiful China.