I'm the biggest lover of chai tea and like it more than coffee. I love to experiment with chai. And when it comes to variations of Chai tea, I must say nothing beats a cup of ginger milk tea AKA adrak wali chai.
Although, on daily basis, I enjoy a simple cup of milk tea without sugar. BUT when it comes to a tried evening when hubby is out and I wish to concentrate on a project or relax after a long day ginger milk tea can be unbeatable. Hubby loves it too after a long day. If you have a love for ginger, you'll love this tea.
Ginger is good for health and adding ginger to milk tea definitely lifts the nutritional value of milk tea. Ginger is a root used as a spice. It is one of my favorite spices that has a slightly tangy taste when added to milk tea. Ginger is called adrak in Hindi/Urdu and hence ginger chai is called adrak wali chai. Below are a few reasons to enjoy this tea. You can find the benefits of ginger here. . The immediate health benefits are
- Relieving headache
- motion sickness and nausea
- Indigestion, stomach discomfort
- Cough and cold
- Relieves stress
- Menstrual pain
- Reduces inflammation
- Blood circulation
- weight loss
Ginger is great for digestion too. Having ginger milk tea after an oily or spicy dinner can help digestion. But, honestly, I personally find a milk tea bit heavy and calorie-dense if taken soon after dinner. That's when I make Ginger Green Tea.
When to drink Ginger Chai?
You can enjoy a cup of ginger tea any time, but usually, it tastes better in the afternoon or evening after 2 hours of a meal.
Is there ginger in chai tea?
You can add ginger in your chai tea if you like ginger flavor in your, but adding ginger is optional in regular masala chai.
Tips to make the best ginger milk tea
Fresh Ginger: For a robust ginger taste, fresh ginger is essential for this tea. You can use ginger powder but you'll miss the spicy flavor of ginger.
Use crushed or grated ginger: To extract ginger juices in the tea, it it necessary to crush or grate your ginger. Slice ginger doesn't give a strong flavor.
Use any milk of your choice: Cashew and soy milk are good options.
Sweetener of your choice: You can skip sweetener all together or use your favourite sweetener like honey, brown sugar, jaggery or any low-carb sweetener.
Add more flavors:
- On a tiring day when you want to relax add little cardamom to your ginger milk tea. The aroma will lift your mood.
- And after spicy dinner add a few mint leaves along with ginger to your milk tea. It will soothe gas trouble and heartburns.
- Other flavor options are fennel, lemongrass, cloves, and saffron.
How to make Ginger Chai?
Boil water with ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon.When color changes, turn off heat and steep for 3-4 minutes.
Add black tea boil for 1 minute.
Add milk and sugar. Boil for another 2 minutes. Strain and serve hot.
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Ginger Milk Tea | Ginger Chai
- 2 cups water
- 1¼ tablespoon freshly grated ginger, for strong or 2 teaspoon for light flavor
- 2 teaspoon black tea powder , or 2 tea bags,
- ½ cup milk
- 4 teaspoon sugar, or more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon green cardamom powder, or 2 crushed cardamom pods, optional
- 1 inch cinnamon stick, or ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder, optional
- Fill two cups of water and pour in pot or kettle. Bring it to boil.
- Add ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and simmer on medium heat for 3-4 minutes until color changes.
- Add black tea and let it boil on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
- Add milk and let it boil keeping a vigilant eye on tea. Two boils until it reached desired dark color.
- Strain and serve,