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Fresh Mint Chai Tea

The Cool to India’s Tea.

How do you bring an elegant high tea to any time of the day?  It is simple: dress up a black tea with mint and ginger.  A cup of Fresh Mint Chai Tea makes a tea party luxurious.  Even on a summer day, Fresh Mint  Chai Tea is lovely to share with a friend.  The added bonus: the fragrance of this tea brings a smile with each sip.

Fresh Mint, Ginger and Water in a Saucepan, almost to a boil

Milk with Fresh Mint, Ginger and Water in a Saucepan, almost to a boil


Fresh Mint Chai Tea… Ready to Serve!











Fresh Mint Chai Tea

Author: Adapted from 1000 Indian Recipes by Neelam Batra Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Serves: Yields 2 generous cups of tea

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 quarter-slice fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tsp black tea leaves or a teabag
  • Honey or raw sugar, to taste
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the water, mint and ginger over high heat. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium to simmer for approximately 1-2 minutes. This extracts the maximum flavors of the mint and ginger.
  2. Pour the milk into the saucepan and increase the heat again to bring the milk to a boil. Add the tea leaves or tea bag and remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover the saucepan to allow the tea to steep for approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Using a ladle, pour the tea through a tea sieve or fine-mesh strainer into 2 tea cups or a tea pot. Discard the spices and leaves. Serve the tea with honey or sugar on the side.
Serving size: 1 generous cup of tea Calories: 35 Fat: 1.2 g Saturated fat: 0.8 g Unsaturated fat: 0.4 g : 3.6 g Sugar: 3 g Fiber: 0 g Protein: 2 g Cholesterol: 5 mg


Note: In India, tea is traditionally served with whole milk.  This recipe offers a slightly healthier version.

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