Well, this may be a bit faddish or gimmicky, but I stumbled upon this idea of putting coconut oil into coffee
and of course I immediately thought: in tea? Kind of like Yak Butter Tea from Tibet?
So, I tried it. Sort of! I made some chai and whisked in some coconut oil with my little frother. I really liked it! Tea doesn’t need anything added to it but it is fun to do it anyway. I didn’t like what I read about people having butter and coconut oil in their coffee and not needing breakfast, I just wanted to try this kind of modern version of an old Tibetan favorite. : )
Just curious—what do you use coconut oil for when you’re not putting it in chai? (Advice for the culinarily challenged :)
Some of my more health conscious family use it for a butter/oil substitute for pretty much everything. The stuff they use adds as a little flavor, as I found out when the gravy at a dinner tasted strangely tropical.
A lot of Paleo/Primal dieters use it in place of pretty much any cooking fat for both cooking and baking.
I have used it in baked goods and it’s pretty tasty on a baked sweet potato…Not sure I’d like an “oily” chai!
teapot1 I was cringing the first time, but honestly, the tea just had a bit of ‘body’ — but that could be because I just used a little teaspoon of coconut oil!
I’m a qualified masseuse in Indian Head Massage and was taught that coconut oil is a great moisturiser for both hair and skin. Particularly if you suffer from dry skin and or dry, thick hair.
That’s an interesting idea – adding coconut oil to chai. Adding a bit of coconut flavor to chai as well as making it “thicker.” :)
The only thing I’ve ever used coconut oil for in cooking is in the limited amount of Thai dishes I’ve messed about with. I understand it is good for digestion, hair conditioner and skin moisturizer. But again, have not used it for those things. Yet. :)
What do you think the difference would be adding coconut oil vs coconut milk or coconut cream? Maybe the fat content???