Warm and soothing Mint Tea or Pudhina Chai is made with fresh mint leaves, ginger, Indian loose tea leaves, water, and whole milk.
Chai brings back memories of home. Every time I have a cup of chai, I think of my family. We have gotten together countless times to bond over a cup of chai. Now that I live miles away, chai time is even more meaningful when I visit home.
When chai was made in our home, mint wasn’t typically added. It was not until I had chai outside my home that I realized many people add fresh mint leaves to their chai and the taste was so refreshing.
If you’ve already tried my popular Kadak Masala Chai recipe, go ahead and give this Mint Tea a try and I’m sure you’ll love it.
What is Mint Tea?
Mint Tea is essentially Mint Chai or Pudhina wali Chai. Instead of adding your usual masalas in chai – cardamom, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cloves, for this recipe I just added fresh mint leaves and ginger.
You want to keep the Mint Chai recipe simple so the flavor of the mint can really stand out. The more spices you add, the less minty your tea will be.
Once the water starts to boil, add the mint leaves which will infuse in the water. Additionally, the water’s color will start to turn slightly green
Healthy Benefits of Mint Tea
- Improves digestion
- Provides relief for colds, fevers, allergies, and sinuses.
- Helps improve breath
- Helps relieve headaches and migraines
- May help improve sleep
Why You’ll Love Mint Tea
- It’s like a big warm hug
- Heart-warming and soothing
- Perfect on cold winter days
- Hits the spot
Ingredients for Mint Tea
- Water – You need water for chai, this is obvious.
- Milk – I like using whole full-fat milk for chai, I find that it tastes best with regular milk.
- Mint Leaves – You’ll need fresh mint leaves for Mint Chai.
- Ginger – A little fresh ginger gives Mint Tea a wonderful and soothing flavor.
- Indian Tea Leaves – You can use whatever brand you like, I prefer Wagh Bakri Indian loose tea leaves.
How to make Mint Tea or Pudhina Chai?
1. In a pot, add a cup of water and bring it to a boil.
2. While the water boils, go ahead and add mint leaves to the pot.
3. Smash fresh ginger and it to the pot.
4. Once the water comes to a boil, add loose tea leaves and boil for just 30 seconds. If you boil the loose tea leaves too long, your tea will become bitter.
5. Add milk soon after the tea leaves. Bring to a boil. This will take 2-3 minutes.
6. Once the tea comes to a boil, lower the gas.
7. Increase the heat again and start pulling the tea. Bring to another boil and turn off the stove.
8. Cover with a lid for 1-2 minutes. Let the flavors marry together.
9. Strain your tea and enjoy your chai with Indian snacks.
Oat Milk: If you prefer a vegan Mint Chai, then use oat milk instead of whole milk.
2% Reduced-Fat Milk: For a lower-fat option, you can substitute reduced-fat milk instead of whole milk. I would not use skim or 1% low-fat milk to make chai.
Without Milk: If you’d like to skip the milk in this Mint Tea, you can, but don’t overboil the tea leaves else you’ll end up with bitter tea. You can also add some honey or agave.
Without Milk & Tea Leaves: If you just want Mint Tea without milk and tea leaves, just add fresh mint and ginger and bring it to a boil. The water’s color will be slightly green
You can make any kind of masala chai and store it in a thermos for up to 6 hours, it will still stay hot and fresh.
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Sure, you can either substitute whole milk with oat milk. Follow the instructions as per the recipe card.
Simply use 2% reduced-fat milk instead of whole milk. The measurements will be the same. I would not use low-fat or skim milk for this recipe.
Sure. I don’t like overdoing it with milk, but instead of ⅓ cup of milk, you can add ½ cup of milk if you wish. The more milk you add, you may also want to increase the amount of loose tea leaves slightly.
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Mint Tea | Pudhina Chai
Earthy and delicious Mint Tea or Pudhina Chai made with fresh mint leaves, ginger, Indian loose tea leaves, water, and whole milk.
In a pot, add a cup of water and bring it to a boil.
While the water boils, go ahead and add mint leaves to the pot.
Smash fresh ginger and it to the pot.
Once the water comes to a boil, add loose tea leaves and boil for just 30 seconds. If you boil the loose tea leaves too long, your tea will become bitter.
Add milk soon after the tea leaves. Bring to a boil. This will take 2-3 minutes.
Once the tea comes to a boil, lower the gas.
Increase the heat again and start pulling the tea. Bring to another boil and turn off the stove.
Cover with a lid for 1-2 minutes. Let the flavors marry together.
Strain your tea and enjoy your chai with Indian snacks.
- If you are doubling or tripling the recipe, note the cooking time will be longer.
Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 148mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 217IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 0.1mg