UTS African Society's Ethiopian Spiced Chai

Traditionally, the various cuisines of Africa are an important aspect of its diverse culture and ethnicities. It not only showcases a combination of locally sourced ingredients but the importance of community. Today we are showcasing our East African country, Ethiopia which is known around the world mainly for it’s coffee culture, but it also boasts this notable spiced tea!

In Ethiopia (as with a large part of Africa), food and drink; is a commodity that is shared between people and is part of a daily ritual that brings family and friends together. With this recipe for Ethiopian Spice Chai we want to give you a little taste of Ethiopia. This is our version of the recipe, but you can of course tailor it how you prefer it - perhaps more cinnamon, some orange peel or do you have a sweet tooth? Add a big dollop of honey!

What you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (1/4 - inch- thick) slice fresh ginger


  1. Prepare all ground spices together to make your spice mixture.
  2. Bring water to a boil. Add your spice mixture and fresh ginger and simmer for 4 minutes, you’ll be able to smell the wonderful aromatics throughout your room once this is done.
  3. Once finished, pour tea through a fine sieve lined with a coffee filter or paper towel into your favourite mug.
  4. Add any additional flavours of choice by mixing the tea with citrus peels, rose hips and herbs like chamomile. If you’d like your tea a little sweet - add some honey!

The UTS African Society focuses on empowering African students by allowing a safe space for students to socialise and get to know each other. This is centralised at UTS however is not exclusive to any institution, race, gender or religion! We of course want to learn about each other's cultures, such as Ethiopia’s love of spice tea through this recipe!. Whilst also encouraging discourse on current societal misconceptions such as anti-blackness, colourism, mental health and Africa’s multifaceted cultures and ethnicities.

Follow us @UTSAfricanSociety and share with us your spiced tea recipe, or another African favourite you’ve been making whilst at home! We look forward to cooking with you and sharing your recipes!

Want to try some other recipes from our amazing clubs and societies? We're starting a collection so that you can try something new from different countries and cultures.