African Tea

Food in Rwanda is pretty different from the US. It consists largely of rice, beans, cabbage, posho (boiled maize flour, actually really good with sauce), bread, bananas, some meat (think goat, chicken, beef), and Irish potatoes. There are a variety of foods to choose from, like cauliflower, avocados, different fruits, and even zucchini, but in Musanze most people stick to the cultural basics (those foods are pretty cheap).

20170506_133455I have grown to love the food here (hello, carbs!) but my favourite is definitely African tea. It’s technically not a food, but people drink it here so often that it may as well be a food group.

I have finally mastered the art of making it myself at home and since you can find all the ingredients basically anywhere you go*, I thought you’d enjoy trying to make it too. Bring a little African flavour into your home!

The best part: African tea is heavy on the milk, so adding coffee to your tea makes the best latte I’ve ever tasted. Don’t give me that look, go try it!

*Disclaimer: I don’t know if they sell tea masala in the States, but it’s just ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamoms.

African Tea Recipe

You will need
-Wooden spoon

-1 cup milk (raw or whole milk is best)
-1 cup water (fresh, clean water)
-Loose Black tea
-Fresh ginger (grated)
-Tea masala (optional)

1. Bring water to a boil
2. Stir in milk
3. Boil for 30 seconds
4. Add grated ginger (to your taste; I love ginger so I add a lot)
5. Boil/simmer for 1 minute
6. Add loose black tea to your taste (I use a tablespoon)
7. Simmer for another 30 seconds, until mixture is tan or dark tan
8. Stir in a few shakes of tea masala (optional)
9. Pour through your strainer to separate all the loose tea
10. Let cool and enjoy!

If you end up making it at home let me know how it goes in the comments! Try different amounts of the ginger and black tea for optimal results. You can also add sugar or honey when it’s done to add some extra sweetness!
My favourite way to drink African tea is while cuddled up with some fuzzy socks, a warm blanket, and a good book. Or with friends over dinner. Or people-watching at the coffee shop in town. Or in a travel mug at school. Or…..anywhere!
Enjoy your African tea this weekend, wherever you end up drinking it!

  One thought on “African Tea

  1. Auntie Beth
    May 6, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Erica – i love your blogs – i can see you, your smile, your giggles through your writings. You don’t feel so far away. Thanks for taking the time to keep us connected in this way. Miss u and love u in extradinary means 💕💕


  2. Eldon St6offel
    May 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    My favorite African tea was served right there at Sonrise. No ginger and a home made roll to go with it. It was free and served everyday at 10 am. I miss it.


    • May 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      The rolls are so delicious! We still take tea during the day, usually closer to 11. Can’t wait to see you here later this year!


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