As easy as its name, Mint Tea is simply a light, refreshing and fragrant tea made by brewing tea leaves with fresh mint leaves. With or without milk, this beverage works wonder in calming the sensory organs and has many other health benefits too. Pudina Chai is also what it’s called in India. If you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you do (follow the easiest recipe in this post). I’m sure it’s going to be very difficult for you too, to stay away from this amazing tea once you’ve sipped on it.
More on this Mint Tea
One of the most sought-after and refreshing herbal teas not just in India, but the world – Mint Tea has been a part of our lives for a long, long time. Very few of those beverages get done super quickly and without any hassle ever. Enough reasons for it to be liked by masses across the globe.
Begin your day with it, sip on it while working, have it as a part of your evening tea ritual or end the day with this warm cuppa Pudina Tea – there’s nothing more soothing to the soul than what is also fondly known as Pudina Chai.
My first experience of having this tea was at a friend’s home. The Pudina Chai was made by her mother and it was too good. I still remember enjoying it thoroughly. This was the first time I had this tea and it was so nice, that I wanted more. But I was too shy to ask for a refill. So, I figured out a recipe for myself and now, I can brew a cup of Pudina Tea at my home whenever I want. Also, have as many cups as I wish to, unabashedly!
In India, many people use fresh mint leaves together with ingredients like cardamom, cinnamon, or ginger. Other than this, the addition of lemongrass, crushed cloves, and fennel seeds makes it a more flavorful tea blend. This tea is best enjoyed when served hot and with biscuits/cookies or some snacks like pakora, samosa, sandwich, or cutlet by the side.
Health Benefits of Mint Tea
Pudina Chai is brimming with health benefits as both mint leaves and the combination of mint with tea are individually known for their nutrition levels. Some of the known benefits are:
- Eases bloating, indigestion, and other digestive issues
Good for relief from migraines and headaches
Helps in freshening breath
Boosts energy levels
Brings relief during colds, coughs, and menstrual cramps
Helps improve sleep
In addition to these, organic herbs like mint, tulsi, lemongrass, etc. are great and have time and again been chosen ingredients for weight management and detoxification purposes as well. These can be easily used in preparing a variety of teas or tisanes on a daily basis. Mint Tea Variations
Mint Tea can be considered almost a DIY recipe as one can add and subtract flavorings, spices, and herbs in the recipe as per their preferences. The underlining principle of this beverage is that it is supposed to cool, refreshed, and rejuvenate your system and calm your senses. Also, gets made within minutes. People do try a lot of combinations where Mint Tea or Pudina Tea is concerned.
Here are some of the Mint Tea types or variations that are popular and well-accepted by people around the world.
- Moroccan Mint Tea
- Apple Mint Tea
- Lemon Mint Tea
- Ginger Mint Tea
- Lemongrass Mint Tea
- Chocolate Mint Tea
- You can prepare this tea with tea bags or tea leaves too. When using either tea leaves or tea bags, first boil water with the mint leaves for 3 to 4 minutes or more. Turn off the burner. Add the tea leaves or dip the tea bags in the hot water. Steep for 2 to 3 minutes. Optionally add sugar and hot milk. Stir and serve.
- The addition of milk is a personal choice. The quantity can vary as some people prefer more milk and some prefer less. The same goes for sugar too.
- Instead of sugar, other sweeteners like palm sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and jaggery can also be used. I have made tea and added jaggery. I must say, I liked the jaggery-sweetened tea without milk.
No, it is not necessary to add milk in this tea. You can add or skip adding milk according to your personal choice.
Yes, it is a great beverage for health as it has a lot of benefits. Some of the benefits are listed above in the post.
The key to making a good Mint Tea is that you should let the mint leaves boil in the water till flavor and aroma infuses well into the water. The color of the water should start turning green.
Yes, you can add spices too. However, the more you keep it simple, the more you will be able to enjoy the flavor of the mint itself.
You can add lemongrass, crushed ginger, cardamom powder, etc. to this tea.