Adrak di Cha – Whether you’ve had too much to eat, feel a little under the weather, have an upset tummy, or are in the mood for something that isn’t saccharine, it’s ginger tea to the rescue!
As much as I love masala chai it can get intense to drink something so heavily spiced every day. With ginger tea you get the savory spiciness of the ginger, without the heaviness of all of the spices that go into masala chai.
Adrak di cha, is perfect to settle an upset stomach and help soothe whatever ails you. Whether it was an overly greasy meal, stomach bug, or a hangover, the natural healing properties of ginger help to soothe you nearly immediately. If you have a sore throat consider adding honey instead of sugar. The warmth of the tea coupled with the amazing flavor of ginger will make you feel a lot better, even when you’re just faking it. My last trip to India meant 4-8 cups of tea daily, most of which were adrak di cha. It helped ease the pain of the copious quantities of food we had, the dehydration, and paired perfectly with the sheer number of desserts.
This recipe is easy, fast, and a crowd pleaser. I make it a point to put adrak di cha on the menu post any heavy Indian meal, such as break pakoras, paranthas, or puri chole. If I’m serving it as a midday tea then I pair it with something that is going to compliment the flavors of the tea such mathi, carom seed biscuits, or even a spiced cake. That said, I don’t know that there’s a dish or dessert that doesn’t go well with adrak di cha. If you have extra tea left over, throw it in the fridge for later, or even as a cold milk tea.
Adrak di ChaCourse: DrinksCuisine: Indian, PunjabiDifficulty: Easy
3 cups water
1 inch piece of ginger (adrak), cut into 3 pieces
3 tablespoons black tea (if you’re using tea bags use 3-4)
1 cup whole milk
Sugar, to taste
- Boil water along with ginger in a nonstick pot.
- Once boiling, let water boil an additional 2 minutes.
- Add in black tea and boil for 1 minute.
- Add in milk and boil for 2 minutes – careful that to watch that it doesn’t boil over.
- Strain into cups, add sugar, and serve with a digestive biscuits, rusk, maybe even an Almond Cardamom Sponge Cake.