Make Ahead

ChaiĀ Oatmeal

February  2, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

This recipe combines two of my favorite comfort foods: chai tea and oatmeal. The oatmeal is scented with the wonderful flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and of course cardamom. —Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (I use skim)
  • 1 1-inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 2/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey, optional
  1. Combine the water, milk, ginger and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over a medium flame and then immediately remove from the heat.
  2. Cover the saucepan and let the milk sit for about 1/2 hour.
  3. After the milk has been steeping for about 1/2 hour, drain it, discarding the ginger and spices and putting the flavored milk back in the saucepan.
  4. Add the oatmeal to the saucepan and bring to a boil over low heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until the oatmeal is as soft as you like it.
  5. Sweeten, if desired. Serve hot.

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  • Russell Raiteri
    Russell Raiteri
  • Sagegreen
  • hardlikearmour
  • wssmom

10 Reviews

Rach3190 September 8, 2014
Could you infuse the milk ahead of time, and then put it in the fridge to use later?
Ordinary B. September 8, 2014
What a great idea. I never tried it, but I don't see any reason it wouldn't work. Please let me know if you try it!
Rach3190 December 7, 2014
Oh goodness it's been months - but I did just finally try this and I think it worked great! I like to throw oatmeal in my rice cooker in the morning so having a big batch of the 'chai milk' ahead of time speeds this up for me.

I love the delicate chai flavor in the oatmeal - great recipe!
Ordinary B. December 7, 2014
Awesome! Thanks for letting me know. And for reminding me about this recipe. :) it's that time of year when I havebto break out the winter comfort foods.
Russell R. March 30, 2014
Delish. Lol
Ordinary B. March 30, 2014
Hope it was delish! :)
Russell R. March 30, 2014
I am making this today. Sounds delist.
Sagegreen February 6, 2011
I just spotted this; it does sound like a great fusion.
hardlikearmour February 3, 2011
This sounds like a great spin on oatmeal.
wssmom February 2, 2011
This is wonderful! For breakfast I often have oatmeal and a cup of Chai tea ... how clever to combine them!