Rinse the mint leaves in water. In a saucepan or tea pot, add water. Add the mint leaves.
On the stovetop, boil the water for 3 to 4 minutes or more until the flavors and aroma of the mint starts infusing in the water. The water will start becoming green. Let the quantity of green color in the water increase.
Add the tea powder and sugar. Now add milk as needed and let the tea come to a boil. Your Pudina Chai is ready and you can serve it.
Serve the Mint Tea with light tea-time biscuits.
You can also have this Mint Tea made without tea powder and milk, after lunch or dinner as it aids in digestion.
If using tea bags, then switch off the stove burner. In the mint infused hot water, dip the tea bags for 2 to 3 minutes. Add sugar and hot milk. Stir and serve. Same goes for tea leaves. Turn off the heat and add 1 to 2 teaspoons tea leaves. Steep for 2 to 3 minutes. Strain, and add optionally sugar and hot milk. Stir and serve.
Adding milk or not is entirely your option. If you add milk, it becomes an Indian chai. I have not mentioned the quantity of milk as some people prefer less milk and some prefer more milk in their tea. Both ways the Mint Tea tastes good.Ditto with sugar as the preference for more or less sugar varies with individual choices.
Use of jaggery or any other sweetener is also possible. Though for the Indian Pudina Chai, generally sugar is used.
In case you do not add milk, then add jaggery or honey or any preferred sweetener. If using honey add when the tea is warm as honey gets toxic when heated.
It is better to use fresh mint rather than dried for optimum minty flavor in your Mint Tea. Though in a pinch you can use dried mint leaves. Add accordingly considering your taste preferences.
You can choose to omit the sweetener or add your choice of sweetener.
Mint Tea can also be made without tea powder and milk. Simply make a mint tisane by simmering the mint leaves with water. Strain and have as is or sweeten it with your preferred sweetener.