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How To Make Ginger Tea | Adrak Chai

Ginger tea or Adrak chai is a favourite in many Indian households. The cup that wakes us up in the morning & energises us from the afternoon slump. Get the recipe for the authentic chai recipe with the extra strong kick of ginger.
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course drink
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 serving


  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 inch ginger piece of fresh , crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ginger dried powder (soonth powder)
  • 3.5 tsps tea CTC *
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tsps sugar
  • drops Ginger (optional) spice


  • In a saucepan, bring the water to boil with the crushed fresh ginger and ginger powder.
  • Let this boil until reduced a bit (to about 1.5 cups of water). This ensures that the ginger flavours are infused into the water.
  • Add the CTC tea, reduce the flame and allow to simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring the milk to boil in a small saucepan.
  • Add the milk to the tea, simmer for 2 minutes and remove from flame.
  • Keep this covered for 2 minutes.
  • Using a tea strainer, strain into cups. Stir in required sugar and two drops of the ginger spice drops into each cup.Savour immediately :)


Dried Ginger Powder
Ginger Spice Drops
*CTC means Crush, Tear, Curl in Tea terminology. It is the most common form of tea available in the Indian supermarkets. _
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