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How to Make Indian Tea with Milk

 

Okay  so if you are ‘Desi’  you can move on to my next post, because I know we all know how to make a cup of Chai! 

Living abroad all my life, I have had people from so many countries compliment my Indian Tea with Milk, that I thought it’s “HIGH TEA” time I made a post on how to make Indian Tea for those who appreciate it and would like to make it.

I like a nice strong tea without a milky flavor, as I know many do. If you want a milkier tea that is not so strong just use fuller cream milk and less tea leaves. Try it my way once though. I believe you will like it.

Every household makes their tea in a different manner. Some boil the tea leaves in water first and add pre boiled milk to this.  Some add very little tea leaves and wait for the milk to boil slowly. I do not accept that there is a single way to make tea cause I know it comes out nicely in many methods. This post is intended for those outside of India or the Indian Subcontinent to make a good, satisfying tea and those youngsters who are making tea for themselves for the first time. Check out the full length video ( 1 cup, 4 cups using tea leaves and 1 cup using tea bags).

“Everyone should know how to make a good cup of tea!”




How to Make Indian Tea with Milk

I recommend using Brooke Bond™ Red Label Tea Leaves for the best tasting tea.  If you are not able to get your hands on this brand, my tip is to use Lipton™ Yellow Label Tea Bags, which is available worldwide and makes a really good tea as well. You have to cut out the tea bags to get the powdered Tea Leaves from inside first.

If you are using a different brand of tea leaf, you will need to adjust the measurements accordingly. Fine tea leaves are stronger, so use less.

You will need a sauce pan, cup/pot and tea strainer.


For 1 cup of tea, using Brook Bond™ Red Label Tea. (Indian Tea with Milk)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup / 100 mls low fat milk – I use F&N™ Magnolia Super Slim. (We use low fat milk so that the tea does not have a “Milky” after taste).
  • ½ cup / 100 mls water + 2 tsp extra water.
  • 2 Tbsp ( regular household Table Spoon measure – not heaped) Brook Bond™ Red Label Tea Leaf granules.
  • 2 tsp sugar.

Method:

  • Add the sugar to your tea cup and place the tea strainer on top.
  • Add both the milk and water to a sauce pan.
  • Heat till you see bubbles on the sides of the sauce pan.
  • You will see a thin layer of cream forming on the surface of the milk.
  • Add the tea leaf granules to the centre of the saucepan, thereby breaking the film of cream and allowing the milk to bubble over.
  • Cover with a lid, reduce heat – for just a few seconds.
  •  Uncover and strain into the prepared cup through a tea strainer from a good height.  This helps to make the tea more bubbly.
  • Proceed to perform the “Pulling of the tea” – Pour from the cup into a washed out sauce pan and then back into the cup a couple of times from as high as possible. This improves the flavor of the tea and this step must not be omitted.
  • Serve Hot. (Tea cools down rather quickly).

For 1 cup of tea, using Lipton™ Yellow Label Tea Bags. (Indian Tea with Milk)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup / 100 mls low fat milk – I use F&N™ Magnolia Super Slim. (We use low fat milk so that the tea does not have a “Milky” after taste).
  • ½ cup / 100 mls water + 2 tsp extra water.
  • 4  Lipton™ Yellow Label Tea Bags.  (Yes 4 teabags are required to make 1 cup of good Milk Tea).
  • 2 tsp sugar.

Method:

  • Add the sugar to your tea cup and place the tea strainer on top.
  • Cut out 4 tea bags and set aside the powdered tea leaf.
  • Add both the milk and water to a sauce pan.
  • Heat till you see bubbles on the sides of the sauce pan.
  • You will see a thin layer of cream forming on the surface of the milk.
  • Add the tea leaf powder to the centre of the saucepan, thereby break the film of cream and allowing the milk to bubble over.
  • Stir till you get the desired color for your tea.
  •  Strain into the prepared cup through a tea strainer from a good height.  This helps to make the tea more bubbly.
  • Proceed to perform the “Pulling of the tea” – Pour from the cup into a washed out sauce pan and then back into the cup a couple of times from as high as possible. This improves the flavor of the tea and this step must not be omitted.
  • Serve Hot. (Tea cools down rather quickly)

For 4 cups of tea, using Brook Bond™ Red Label Tea. (Indian Tea with Milk)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups / 400 mls low fat milk – I use F&N™ Magnolia Super Slim. (We use low fat milk so that the tea does not have a “Milky” after taste).
  • 2 cups / 400 mls water + 8 tsp extra water.
  • 5 Tbsp ( regular Table Spoon measure – not heaped) Brook Bond™ Red Label Tea Leaf granules.
  • 8 tsp sugar.

Method:

 

  • Add the sugar to a large cup/pot and place a large tea strainer on top.
  • Add the milk and water to a sauce pan of appropriate size.
  • Heat till you see bubbles on the sides of the sauce pan.
  • You will see a thin layer of cream forming on the surface of the milk.
  • Add the tea leaf granules to the centre of the saucepan, thereby break the film of cream and allowing the milk to bubble over.
  • Cover with a lid, reduce heat – for just a few seconds.
  •  Uncover and strain into the prepared cup/pot through a tea strainer from a good height.  This helps to make the tea more bubbly.
  • Proceed to perform the “Pulling of the tea” – Pour from the cup into a washed out sauce pan and then back into the cup a couple of times from as high as possible. This improves the flavor of the tea and this step must not be omitted.
  • Serve Hot. (Tea cools down rather quickly).

How to Make Indian Tea with Milk

Indian tea is made several different ways. Please share your method in the comments sections for others to try.

Try and let us know  if you made it – ‘How to Make Indian Tea with Milk’.  

Notes: 
  • To make it easy to remember: You need 1 Tbsp of  Brook Bond™ Red Label Tea for every cup of tea  PLUS a Tbsp for the pot. So 3 Tbsp for 2 cups of tea, 4 Tbsp for 3 cups of tea etc…
  • This may seem like a large quantity of tea, but it ensures a great cup of tea. Do not boil for long. Strain quickly. (Keeping in mind that large tea leaves are used, not the superfine powder).
  • You need 2 tsp of sugar for each cup of tea, a cup being 200 mls.
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4 Comments

  1. Avatar Jaswinder 4 years ago

    I like tea set above in the picture and you explained very nicely and clearly.
    Indian Tea with milk is my favorite and I love it!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Avatar Tayyaba Akhtar 2 years ago

    Your tea recipe looks very good, I will definitely try it. Here is mine;

    I use a mixture of tea leaves from my home city Hyderabad India. I bring about 3-4 kgs of various teas like Vanilla flavoured mixed tea ‘Hyvita’ and chocolate flavoured ‘Lamsa’, to Canada and it lasts me a year. I usually mix these two loose tea leaves with either Red Label or Tajmahal. And I drink my tea in a big mug.
    Here’s my special Hyderabadi tea recipe,
    1 1/2 cups full fat milk
    1/2 cup water
    Pinch of Bourvita/Ovaltine or any chocolate flavoured milk powder
    1 crushed Parle G biscuit
    2 TSP of the tea mixture
    2 TSP or more sugar, I take 3 TSP

    Mix everything except tea leaves. Let the milk come to a boil and then add tea leaves. Boil on med high flame for 5 mins. 5 mins more on med low. And simmer for 5 mins. Sieve and pour into another mug from a height so it becomes foamy. Enjoy!!,

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