ginger tea recipe, ginger tea with milk, how to make adrak wali chai

by dassana amit updated October 20, 2013

ginger tea: indian ginger tea recipe

ginger tea made with milk - this is a beverage i make everyday. ginger tea is a very common indian beverage made from tea leaves and fresh ginger. its also called as adrak chai or adrak wali chai in india.

the aroma, flavor and taste of ginger is something we are extremely fond of in our tea. ginger also has a lot of health benefits.

ginger chai

tea is one beverage that is made in all homes in india. first i would make the tea with milk. now i make tea with cashew or soy milk. i don’t add almond milk as i don’t like the taste of almond milk in tea. with cashew milk, you won’t even come to know that the tea is made in it and not regular milk.

there are a few variations of tea made in india. some spices are added to the tea thus making it a masala chai. you can also use a chai spice blend know as masala chai powder. there is also mint tea or pudina chai and tulsi tea, which is made from fresh mint leaves and tulsi leaves (holy basil) respectively. also, a combination of both ginger and mint can be used while making tea.

nowadays i make tea with ginger, cardamom and lemon grass leaves. this concoction helps to alleviate migraine. a herbal remedy which i learnt after my visit to sahakari spice farm in goa. you can make this herbal tea with or without tea leaves. i make mine with tea leaves. sometimes i also add ground cinnamon, fennel, nutmeg & cloves to this tea… and occasionally some mint or tulsi leaves.

its due to this everyday tea, that no one at home suffers from cold or cough problems even when the winter was at the very peak this year. the stomach as well as the digestive faculty stays good too.

ginger tea

in this post, i share the recipe of a simple homemade ginger tea with cardamom. the amount of ginger can be varied. if you really like to have a strong taste of ginger, than add more ginger.

ginger tea recipe details below:

Ginger Tea – Indian Style
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warm, spiced tea made with ginger and cardamom.
Recipe type: beverage
Cuisine: indian
Serves: 4 cups
  • 4 cups water
  • 3-4 black tea bags or 3-4 tsp black tea leaves
  • 2 inch ginger for a strong taste or 1 inch ginger for a milder taste, peeled & either crushed or grated.
  • 3-4 cardamom, crushed or powdered in a mortar-pestle(optional)
  • ½ to ¾ cup regular milk or cashew milk or soy milk – add more if you want a milky tea
  • 8 tsp unrefined organic cane sugar or add more for more sweetness
  1. In a saucepan or kettle, add the water, ginger and crushed cardamom with the peel.
  2. boil this water-ginger-cardamom mixture for a good 6-7 minutes, till the color of the water changes to a mild yellowish hue. the ginger releases its juices & flavors in the water and thus the color of the water changes.
  3. add sugar and simmer for a more of 1-2 minutes.
  4. now add the tea leaves or tea bags and simmer for 2-3 minutes till the water gets a deep hue of red.
  5. add milk. simmer the tea for 2-3 minutes if using regular milk or soy milk.
  6. if using cashew milk or almond milk, then just stir the cashew milk with tea and remove from pan as otherwise heating further would cause the cashew or almond milk to become slimy and separate.
  7. strain the tea through a strainer right into the cups.
  8. serve the hot ginger tea or chai or adrak chai with indian snacks like pakoras or samosas. you could also serve the ginger tea with biscuits or cookies.

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Crista December 21, 2013 1

I was just recently introduced to Indian Tea and I found your blog while googling more about it. This is a great recipe that you’ve shared, with a lot of useful information in the post. Thank you! I’m glad I stumbled upon…. xoxo


dassana amit December 21, 2013 2

welcome crista


sirisha June 3, 2013 3

I made this tea it came out very well but what is cashew/almond milk how can I make it


dassana June 3, 2013 4

sirisha, please go through the below link to know the method to make almond milk at home. its healthy.


aparna February 27, 2013 5

i just started tasting tea in my life time ! its as tasty as coffee :) i have tea because i quit coffee :) ! lovely photos


Mallika February 27, 2013 6

That ginger tea looks quite delicious. I love those bourbon biscuits we’ve placed on the background. Reminds my childhood!


nags February 27, 2013 7

I make this all the time too. I am so in love with your rustic tray. Btw, did some copper shopping, will send pics soon! :)


dassana February 27, 2013 8

alright nags.


Priti February 27, 2013 9

The way I like tea with ginger+cardamom …nice clicks


Pooja February 27, 2013 10

Wow ! Adrakwali chai, I make mine in a similar way. . Just add homemade chai masala. .


dassana February 27, 2013 11

thanks pooja. my chai masala powder is over, so i just add some whole spices or ground cinnamon and nutmeg.


Nisa Homey February 26, 2013 12

Was having a sorethroat and this was seeing me through….what a soother it is….love your clicks and the black cups.


Pavithra February 26, 2013 13

A picture is worth a thousand words!!
Lovely pic!! & Adrak wali chai is a great stress buster!


dassana February 27, 2013 14

yes ginger tea is a stress buster. i have atleast 2-3 cups of ginger tea in a day.