Chai ya Tangawizi – Authentic Kenyan Ginger Tea

Chai ya Tangawizi - Kenyan ginger TeaChai as they call in Kiswahili to refer Tea is one of Kenyans widely drunken beverage. There are a lot of different ways of doing it. Below is an authentic recipe I learned from my mother to enjoy chai at home!

Karibu Chai


4 cups of fresh milk
2 cups of water
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons of loose pure Kenyan black tea (or any other loose black tea)
2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cinnamon stick
6 cardamom pods
6 whole cloves


Add spices into a mortar and using a pestle grind or mash them into a powder like

In a wide saucepan, add water and bring it to boil on a medium heat

Add tea, ginger, spices and sugar and let the mixture boil for 2-3 minutes on a low heat

Add milk and bring to simmer, stirring with a sieve to blend in sugar and the spices. Let the chai boil again for another 2 minutes before removing it from the heat

Strain the chai and serve hot with Mahamri or Kaimati



Chai goes well with mahamri

6 thoughts on “Chai ya Tangawizi – Authentic Kenyan Ginger Tea

    1. admin

      Hello Peter
      I normally do my Own ginger tea, but I think in Nakumatt they sell it. have a look.

    1. admin

      Hello Caroline,
      You are welcome. am sure your friend will be very happy!
      Stay tuned for more recipes.

  1. i grow ginger on a large scale
    can i get market over there Nairobi?

    1. admin

      Hello Lionald
      I am not quiet sure about the Ginger Market in Nairobi but why not give it a try?
      Good Luck.

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