Galangal Tea Recipe, How to make Galangal Tea

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This Galangal tea recipe is what I concocted…  the Galangal and lemon grass was still left with me even after making Thai Veg Green Curry. Every day we make Ginger tea with mint or lemongrass and sometimes the Mint tea. I thought why not substitute the ginger with galangal and hence this recipe.

galangal tea recipe

For the uninitiated……. What is Galangal?


Galangal is a relative of the ginger and is commonly known as Thai Ginger. It is extensively used in Thai Cuisine. It has many healing properties and health benefits. It has a thick flesh and is difficult to chop and peel unlike ginger. At least this was the case with the galangal I had.

I was curious to taste it and I did. It is no where near ginger. In fact it has a fruity sweet fragrance but the taste is quite pungent…. It was so pungent that I actually coughed and had to drink water to soothe my tongue and throat. But don’t worry…. In tea it does not taste so sharp and pungent. I bit a piece directly and hence the effects on me. Quite obvious…. And understandably so… As in tea the flavors and juices gets diluted with the water.

I have also added lemongrass in this tea. Why Lemongrass????? When I have stocks of lemongrass at home, I inevitably add the lemongrass in the tea. I am used to drinking lemongrass tea since childhood…. Habit you see!!!!!


I wanted to make a healthy tea and hence I added lemongrass….. Besides the habit part in me. Lemongrass too is good for health. A quick snapshot of the health benefits of both Galangal and Lemongrass is listed below:


  • Helpful in indigestion, stomach complaints and diarrhea
  • Reduces seasickness, motion sickness, including nausea
  • Heals colds, flu, and fevers

Lemon Grass:

  • Helps in detoxification
  • Relieves headaches, colds and flus
  • Alleviates abdominal pain

Isn’t it better to have a healthy tea instead of regular plain tea? A healthy way to start one’s day. If you do not have galangal than substitute ginger for it. If you do not have lemon grass……. Then?????  God bless you…..

You cannot substitute anything with lemongrass. So just make a plain galangal tea or plain ginger tea. You could add some mint leaves, though.

I won’t recommend adding lemon juice as this recipe is the Indian chai recipe…. you see milk is added to the tea. If you do not like milky teas, just skip the addition of milk in the tea. And thus, you can add lemon juice to the tea.

Ingredients for 2 cups of Galangal Lemongrass TEa:

  • 1 inch galangal , crushed
  • 5-6 lemongrass leaves
  • 2¼ cups of water
  • 2 tea bags – use whichever Indian tea bags or tea leaves you have. I had assam tea bags and I used these.
  • Sugar
  • Milk

Method to make galangal Tea recipe

  • In a pan, add the water, galangal, lemongrass. Add sugar also and boil this mixture for a couple of minutes.

galangal lemongrass tea

  • Place the tea bags in this concoction and boil for a few more minutes.

adding tea bags

  • Add milk.

adding milk to galangal lemongrass tea

  • And boil for a minute.

boiling the galangal lemongrass tea

  • Strain the tea and Serve galangal tea with your morning breakfast or evening snack.

galangal lemongrass tea

  • Enjoy this healthy cuppa of tea with your loved ones. You can also serve the tea with some Indian snacks like bread pakora, vada, sandwich, namak pare or with biscuits.

Please Note: I enjoyed this tea so much that I have been making it often. But my husband did not like it. Tastes differ you see.

So if you have a husband who does not like spicy or aromatic teas….. Then, this is the perfect recipe for taking revenge….. I am just kidding. I cannot guarantee if you will like this tea or not. It depends on your taste. But I did and I keep on making it for myself.

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Galangal Tea Recipe, Tea with Lemongrass

Galangal Tea

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine World
Course Beverages
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 inch galangal, crushed
  • 5-6 lemongrass leaves
  • 2.25 cups water
  • 2 tea bags – use whichever indian tea bags or tea leaves you have. i had assam tea bags and i used these.
  • sugar as required
  • milk as required


  • In a pan, add the water, galangal, lemongrass. Add sugar also and boil this mixture for a couple of minutes.
  • Place the tea bags in this concoction and boil for a few more minutes.
  • Add milk.
  • And boil for a minute.
  • Strain the tea and serve galangal tea with your morning breakfast or evening snack.

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  1. Things I didn’t eat or drink as a child are coming back to me with a vengeance, in the form of a quest for healthy food! Lemongrass is something that grew in my Grandmas garden and everyone they made tea, lemongrass went straight into it and I couldn’t even taste tea, as a child.

    Now, when I heard about the health benefits of lemongrass, I ran to a Thai Restaraunt Supplier and bout some stalks to plant my own plant:)

    I can agree more about the benefits of lemongrass, thank you Dassana!

    1. thanks familycook. i am so fond of lemongrass… that i am growing them at home. thankfully i could have tea in my childhood, but only in the evenings.

  2. helo sir/madam thanku for this website. this site helped me a lot to try some dishes at my hostel. infact this site was one which helped us to escape from some of the traditional boring dishes

  3. Like Pel, I too am intrigued. I have had lemon grass in my tea before but never thought of adding galangal. And yes, I know about the differing tastes of spouses and sometimes the lack thereof. 🙂

  4. I am intrigued to know how this would taste! I do love galanga/kha very much. Yes, it is always difficult to peel and slice- except when very young!

    1. I really liked the aroma and flavor of galangal in this tea. I also made the galangal tea without lemon grass and that too I liked. Galangal has become my favorite too.