Adrak wali Chai | Indian Ginger Tea Recipe
In India, Chai/Tea specially Adrak wali chai doesn’t need any introduction. It is one of those hot beverages, without which mornings of an Indian household doesn’t start.
People in India prefer making tea with milk and sugar with or without the addition of spices. There are many types of milk tea brewing in an Indian kitchen according to their taste preferences like:
- Simple plain chai- made with only milk
- Masala chai- It is like plain chai, but infused with Indian spices.
- Elaichi wali chai- Freshly ground green cardamom powder added while preparing.
- Black Tea – Strong chai with or without milk
- Cutting chai- served in small quantities readily available at every street Tea stalls.
- And many more….
Adrak wali Chai or Indian Ginger Tea is an aromatic concoction of freshly brewed Tea leaves infused with grated/crushed ginger root simmered with milk & sugar and served hot immediately.
I not only like its strong warm flavor but also numerous health benefits of Ginger/Adrak. Ginger tea is necessary to kick-start my day. It lifts my mood swings, clears sinus, and refreshes my mind. It keeps seasonal flu, cold, and cough problems far away from my home. It gives warmth to our bodies during chilly monsoons and winters.
About Ginger and its Health Benefits:
Ginger/Ginger root/Adrak is an ancient flowering plant used both as a spice and medicine. It has a warming earthy flavor with both spicy & sweet notes. Ginger not only adds flavor to the chai but also its powerful antioxidant properties heal both body and mind. It cures headaches, prevents bloating, menstrual cramps, cures an upset stomach, relieves nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, and reduces muscle pain and internal inflammation. Some research shows that it fights several types of cancer and also inhibits the growth of certain viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
- There are no strict rules for making a Tea. You can always follow the recipe method and adjust the quantities of the ingredients according to your taste preferences.
- Always use fresh Ginger root to make this Adrak chai to enjoy its aromatic flavor.
- Please make sure you add the milk once the ginger and water boiled, or else it will curdle.
- Adjust the quantities of Ginger and Sugar according to your taste preference.
- You can use any Tea brand available at your local grocery store.
- Use a fine strainer while straining chai, else the tea powder will ruin the taste in your mouth.
- Always make Ginger Tea fresh and serve hot. Do not opt for storing it. If your chai comes at room temperature for anyhow some reason, you can reheat it on a gas stove up to one boil or microwave it for 20-30 sec.
- I am using full cream desi cow milk here. If you are a lactose-intolerant person or following a vegan diet, then use almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, oats milk, or any other lactose-free milk instead of regular milk.
- Always take a small sip of chai. If you drink it too fast, then it might burn your tongue.
- Make sure you do not leave the brewing/boiling chai unattended because it might bubble up quickly and spill all over your stove.
- In India, there is a tradition to offer chai to the guests coming home with some savory snacks and Biscuits/cookies.
- Always serve Ginger tea- Piping Hot.
- I like to enjoy it alone, or pair with paratha, glucose biscuits, Rusk, Bread Toast, Indian breakfasts like Muthiya, Handvo, Tikhi Bhakhri, Paratha, Lauki Thepla, Dalwada etc, and savory snacks like crispy puri, cornflakes chiwda, etc.
- You can surely sip it while doing office work, reading books, on a call, or get-togethers.
Indian Milk Ginger Tea Recipe is very easy to make. Here is how to make my version of the Adrak wali Chai video recipe:
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Here is the recipe card of the Adrak wali Chai recipe :
- Water - ¼ cup
- Full cream milk - 1 ½ - 2 cup
- Ginger - 2 inch
- Tea / chai patti - 2 tsp
- Sugar - 2 - 3 tsp, according to taste
- In a saucepan, add water.
- Add tea leaves / chai patti.
- Let it come to boil.
- Meanwhile, peel the ginger.
- Slice it and smash it in mortal - pastel or crush it using pincer. ( see the video )
- Add into boiling water.
- Let it boil on a slow flame for 4 -5 minutes.
- Add sugar according to taste.
- Add full cream milk.
- Let it come to boil.
- Stir in between.
- Again let it boil on a slow flame for the next 4 -5 min or until done.
- Strain and serve hot with your favorite tea time snack !!