How to make a good Indian nice cup of tea

How to make a good indian tea in 10 mins


A good tea is the best possible start of the day. Not only it makes you fresh but also prepare you for the day's hard work. As most of Indian, I am also fond of good, nicely prepared tea. Ever since I have come to UK, I am starving to get good Indian tea even in very expensive hotel. I was surprised to see that even good Indian restaurants do not prepare authentic Indian tea. So I dedicate this hub to all those Indians abroad to make good Indian home made tea.

Ingredients: For 1 cup of tea;

  • half cup of water
  • 2 table spoon of sugar (as per you choice, if you are diabetic, you can choose sugar free tablets)
  • 1 and 1/2 table spoon of Assam or Darjeeling tea
  • 3/4 cup of milk (prefer toned milk with less fat).
  • 5-6 cardamom seeds
  • 10 -20 gram ginger

Before you start preparing, chop ginger in very small pieces. Also grind cardamom to rough powder.

Directions for preparation:

  • Put the kettle with water on gas stove with lower flame.
  • Add tea to it when the water start boiling.
  • Now increase the flame level and add grinded cardamom to it. Please make sure that you allow the water to boil with tea first for 2 minutes then add cardamom.
  • After 2 minutes, add chopped ginger to it. If it is winter or if you are having cold, you can increase the quantity of ginger.
  • Wait for 2 minutes and then add sugar..
  • Let it boil for another 2 minutes on high flame and then half cup of milk to it. Quantity of milk should depend on your choice as some people like less milk in their tea.
  • Lower the flame level and leave it to boil for another 5 minutes.

Here is your good, home made Indian tea to serve. Don't forget to have some Indian snacks with it. I prefer some namkeen.

If you want to make black tea, you can leave milk and can add some lemon after pouring the tea in cup and stir it well.

After writing this hub, I cannot control myself to go and prepare 1 cup for myself.

If you have some suggestion or comment, please use the comment box below.

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RunnerJane33 6 years ago

Darjeeling is my favorite tea! I really like the Twinings brand in the purple packet, I shall have to try this preparation sometime.

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

Yeah, even I like Darjeeliing tea very much..Although they are bit expensive :)

Kaushal 6 years ago

Absolutely - Darjeeling is called the champagne of teas

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carron Campbell 6 years ago

Do i really need to crush cardamoms???? Made a tester today,even though i sieved it little bits managed to get through and float on top of my drink, will it still taste if i leave pods whole??? Would appreciate comments asap as guest due tomorrow evening....

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

yeah Carron, it will be good if you crush it completely and then put in the boiling tea.

All the best for tomorrow..

carron campbell 6 years ago

Thank you Navneetjha for your speedy reply, was told to add cinnamon sticks also which i did today, can you tell me at what point do i add them? Is it at same time as i add cardomon? or when i add ginger???

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

Well Carron, preparing Cinnamon tea is different from ginger / Cardmon tea. I would advice not to mix both of them together as it will change the taste completely.

carron campbell 6 years ago

Oh no, now i am worried? I loved the taste of the cinnamon, i know its a lot to ask but cud you tell me how to make it with cinnamon and can i also add cardamom?????

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

If you like to add Cinnamon then add Cinnamon sticks before you add cardamon and ginger.

1. Boil water

2. Add Cinnamon sticks..

3. Add cardmon, tea and then ginger

4. Add sugar

5. Add milk accordingly..

carron campbell 6 years ago

Navneetjha, if you had to pick from ginger/cardamon OR cinnamon tea, which one would you choose????

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

Ginger / Cardmon tea..specially as it getting colder now..

Carron campbell 6 years ago

Thanks for your help Naveetjha, its been very helpful, will let you know how it went, decided to make both "teas"...Sorted, MAYBE, i will make a good Chai Wallah after all!!!! XXX

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

Best of luck Carron and do let me know the result :) XXX

carron campbell 6 years ago

Kaushal.... after reading reports on Darjeeling been "Champagne Of Tea" that is the tea i opted for!! And at "THAT PRICE" is should be ah ah XXX

carron campbell 6 years ago

Thanks again Navneetjha for your help, i will let you know how it went, THANK YOU XXX

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eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Good hub. I love hot tea and the tea in combination with the spices alone is so good for you. Thanks for a great recipe. I will read more. Also, I was taught by a lady from Spain to always pour the hot water over the tea leaves to bring out the best flavors. Of course your tea is made with other spices. She called this technique, if you will, "The Agony of the Leaves". I thought that was pretty cool. I will have to try your tea recipe when I get back from the store. I am on my way to buy the ingredients. Thanks! Teresa

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

Thanks a lot for your comment Teresa..I will also try the recipie that you have mentioned above...Lets see how it goes..

carron campbell 6 years ago

Hi there Naveetjha, sorry its taken so long to reply and to say "Thank You" for your help and speedy replies! My visitors were well impressed with the tea i made following your recipe, it actually didnt take place on the day i expected, has they were waiting for a relative who was due from Pakistan, so i had plenty of time to improve my technique, when they did all come round, i made it so fast you would have thought i had been doing it for years!!! Anyway, they all enjoyed the evening. When i saw my friend the day after, she said her grandma (the person who came over from Pakistan) was really impressed, and told her to Thank me!!!!Now that might seem no big deal, BUT i have met this lady before, and she is "as tough as old boots" so for her to say anything is total praise indeed!!! XXX

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

Wow..thats sound great Carron.. Congratulation !!!

Well done and keep enjoying !!

Keep in touch..

Richard 5 years ago

I normally add milk and water with same mixture portion described by you . But I put tea powder in the beginning itself along with milk and water and boil it . Does it matter in taste ? Will adding the tea after the water boils , make a difference ? Please advice . My tea comes out tasty sometimes but not very good sometimes , I don't know what changes . Also when you mix cold milk in to boiling water , does it influence the taste negatively ?

M.K. Gupta 4 years ago

The number of cardamom written should be corrected to 2 -3 seeds of cardamom not 5 or 6 cardamoms.

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navneetjha 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

thanks MK.. I did that.. I always meant 5-6 seeds and not cloves:)

Rajeev 3 years ago

You don't boil tea ... one lets it infuse - specially good teas in orthodox form. The quality of water is definitely a factor in a good cup of tea.

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