ginger tea recipe, how to make ginger tea | indian ginger tea with milk

ginger tea recipe with step by step photos – tea 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.

ginger tea recipe

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.

tea is one beverage that is made in all homes in india. sometimes i make the tea with milk. at times, 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.

ginger tea recipe, indian ginger tea with milk, adrak wali chai recipe

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.

preparation to make ginger tea

1. wash, peel and crush the ginger. keep all the ingredients ready for making ginger tea.

ingredients for ginger tea recipe
2. crush or powder 3-4 cardamoms in a mortar-pestle.

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3. in a saucepan or kettle, add 4 cups of water, 2 inch ginger grated and the crushed cardamom with the peel.

ginger to make ginger tea recipe
4. boil this water-ginger-cardamom mixture for a good 6-7 minutes, till the color of the water changes to a mild yellowish hue. ginger releases its juices & flavors in the water and thus the color of the water changes.

making ginger tea recipe
5. add 8 teaspoon sugar and simmer for a more of 1-2 minutes.

sugar for ginger tea recipe
6. now add 3-4 teaspoon of tea leaves and simmer for about 1 to 2 minutes till the water gets a deep hue of red.

tea leaves for ginger tea recipe
7. simmering make the tea strong. if you prefer a light version, then just add the tea leaves to the water. cover and allow the tea leaves to steep in the hot spiced water for 3 to 4 minutes.

preparing ginger tea recipe
8. add ¼ to ½ cup of hot milk. some people like to have more milk and some like less milk in ginger tea. so it varies from person to person.

milk for making ginger tea recipe
9. if adding cold milk, then simmer for a minute or two. 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.

making ginger tea recipe

10. strain the ginger tea through a strainer right into the cups.

ginger tea recipe
serve the hot ginger tea or adrak chai with indian snacks like bread pakora, shakkar pare, mathri or samosas. you could also serve the ginger tea with biscuits or cookies.

ginger tea recipe, indian ginger tea with milk, adrak wali chai recipe

tips for making ginger tea

  • in this post, i share the recipe of a simple homemade ginger tea with cardamom. however you can skip adding cardamom.
  • the amount of ginger can be varied. if you really like to have a strong taste of ginger, then add more ginger.
  • its important to crush the ginger and cardamom before adding them to ginger tea. otherwise you won’t get their flavors fully. some people grate the ginger and that is also a good method.
  • instead of crushing the cardamom and then adding it to ginger tea, you can also add the cardamom powder.
  • the amount of milk can be varied as per your preference.
  • to make the ginger tea strong, let it come to 1-2 boils or more.

you can serve the ginger tea plain or with indian snacks like pakoras, aloo tikki, vegetable cutlet, medu vada or samosa.

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Ginger Tea

4.93 from 14 votes
this ginger tea or adrak wali chai is a warm, spiced indian tea made with milk, ginger and cardamom.
ginger tea recipe, indian ginger tea with milk, adrak wali chai recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:1 min
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:16 mins
Course:beverages & drinks
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):4 cups
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups water
  • 3 to 4 teaspoon black tea leaves
  • 2 inch ginger for a strong taste or 1 inch ginger for a milder taste, peeled and either crushed or grated.
  • 3 to 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 teaspoon unrefined organic cane sugar or add more for more sweetness

INSTRUCTIONS

  • keep all the ingredients ready for the ginger tea.
  • crush or powder 3-4 cardamoms in a mortar-pestle.

making ginger tea

  • in a saucepan or kettle, add 4 cups of water, 2 inch ginger grated and the crushed cardamom with the peel.
  • 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.
  • add 8 teaspoon sugar and simmer for a more of 1-2 minutes.
  • now add 3-4 teaspoon of tea leaves and simmer for about 1 to 2 minutes till the water gets a deep hue of red.
  • simmering makes the tea strong. if you prefer a light version, then just add the tea leaves to the water. cover and allow the tea leaves to steep in the hot spiced water for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • add ¼-½ cup of hot milk.
  • if adding cold milk, then simmer for a minute or two. if using cashew milk or almond milk, then just stir the cashew milk with ginger tea and remove from pan as otherwise heating further would cause the cashew or almond milk to become slimy and separate.
  • strain the tea through a strainer right into the cups.
  • serve the hot ginger tea with indian snacks like pakoras, cutlet or samosas. you could also serve the tea with biscuits or cookies.
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41 comments/reviews

  1. I’m just mad of your recipes…!! I search whatever I want in your site, and it comes out well…5 stars

  2. Thanks a lot for this simple and detailed recipe.Really enjoyed this ginger tea with cookies.5 stars

  3. Hello Ms. Dassana,
    This is the best source for Indian recipes.

    I would like to point out just one thing and that is please follow English capitalization rules. Recipes are awesme but everything in lowercase makes is look little less pleasant.5 stars

  4. Dassana you are just amazing! You explain everything so meticulously. I know that i can try any recipe on your blog and it will turn out great! This speaks volumes of the care and effort you take to try out each and every recipe you put up on the blog. Vegrecipesofindia is without a doubt the best blog on Indian cooking on the internet. Thank you for this wonderful encyclopedia on Indian cooking.5 stars

    • fathima i use organic assam tea. i have used phalada brand, 24 letter mantra and oothu organic fair trade black tea. all are good. 24 letter mantra brand gives a strong tea, so you just need to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes and not more or else the tea gets bitter tones. oothu black tea is more on the lighter side. you can buy these from amazon.in

  5. I like your way of explaining the recipes. I follow a lot of ur recipes in my kitchen.. Thanks a lot for that. This time I stumbled upon ur page bcoz I was looking for the correct way of making ginger tea. I do make it at home sometimes, but I do not get the exact flavor that some other ladies make it. Just wanted to know if the ginger has to be freshly grated or if we can use the grated but stored ginger also. I usually grate the ginger in mixy and store in fridge, so that I can use it during cooking, just to save time.5 stars

    • thanks shravani. i use fresh ginger always. some flavor is lost when anything fresh is stored. i would suggest to use fresh ginger while making tea. what i do is i peel the ginger and then just crush it in a mortar-pestle with cardamom or sometimes with other spices. then add this crushed ginger to water and then boil the water. it does not take time.

  6. Thank you for this (and other) recipes. You explain things very well.
    Aapko mere ashirvaad!

  7. hi, nice blog. thanks for sharing your recipe.
    I suffer from bad migranes, please can you share the recipe that you learnt at the spice farm in goa.

    • thanks gunjan. they didn’t share any recipe as such. they just told us that lemon grass-cardamom-ginger tea is good for migraine. don’t add any tea leaves in this tea. just simmer water with these three spices till there and then strain and have the tea. use crushed or grated ginger and also crushed or powdered cardamom. if you want then you can try with tea leaves also. ginger tea is very good for headache and migraine. i hope it helps.

  8. 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

  9. i just started tasting tea in my life time ! its as tasty as coffee 🙂 i have tea because i quit coffee 🙂 ! lovely photos

    • thanks…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5 stars

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

  11. 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! 🙂

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

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