Mint Chai

Mint Leaves with Gunpowder Tea
Fresh Mint (Pudina) Leaves and Gunpowder Tea

In the midst of pressure-packed day, there is nothing like taking a breather with a warm cup of chai.

I wanted something new that would relax and refresh. Pudina chai sounded soothing.

A glass of water, a teaspoon of gunpowder tea, six freshly plucked mint leaves and few drops of milk. Ten minutes of gentle simmering on stove-top and then straining out the seeped mint-tea mixture. There it is, mint chai sweetened with honey. My ॐ for today.

Pudina Tea
A Cup of Mint Chai ~ For Jihva:Mint

© Recipe and Photos Copyright 2009 Indira Singari.
first published on March 14th, 2008 at my old website – link.
Tea Finds:
North African Mint Tea (Without Milk)
Green Tea (Gunpowder or Pearl tea) Health Benefits



  • By Sudha Rajagopalan, May 29, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

    Looks good. 99% water and 1% milk, thats the way I like my tea too. Thanks for the refreshing idea. Sweetening tea with honey is new to me. I’m going to give it a try.

  • By Le @HC, May 29, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    Mint chai looks perfect though i like mine with sugar.. Should try gun powder tea leaves sometime.. hope it would have a better flavor than the green tea bags we get in chinese stores.

  • By Sowmya, May 29, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    The pic and your description, both are poetic 🙂

    So can we use honey to sweeten it? Oh..I never thought about it. I will give it a try..

  • By Preethi, May 29, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    lovely, will surely make it today!

  • By vrinda, May 29, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    Nice flavorful tea..great shot

  • By kalva, May 29, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

    lovely chai

  • By Divya Vikram, May 29, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

    Nice chai recipe! beautiful pic!

  • By Nirmala, May 30, 2009 @ 1:04 am

    Oh…looks so relaxing. Would like to grab that cup and join you for long relaxing chat!

  • By Kalyani, May 30, 2009 @ 11:06 am

    lovely chai indira …..

  • By Hari Chandana, May 31, 2009 @ 2:51 am

    lovely chai.. thank you 🙂

  • By Kay, May 31, 2009 @ 4:49 am

    I’m not a tea drinker, but that picture makes me want to drink tea. Now! 🙂

  • By Vishali, June 1, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

    mmhh nice refreshing tea with mint leaves….I just love it :).

  • By Sudha, June 1, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    wow!!! now that looks really soothing… its around 5PM now…. I could really use that cup of tea… 🙂

  • By rashmi, June 1, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    great refreshing… chai…

    my f.i.l is a great chai lover.. will try sometime this chai for him…. thanks

  • By Lavs, June 12, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

    Indira, I have a doubt here.The link for gunpowder tea in this post says that we should have drink gunpowder tea mixed with milk. But your recipe includes milk. Is there any limit to milk addition to this particular flavour of tea?
    PS: I have read that some tea preparation if not done correctly could lead to stomach upsets!

    Hi Lavs, I added only few drops of milk. For a cup of tea, I think it is about a tablespoon. You could take it without milk like how it was written in that website. I don’t think there will be any side effects for adding the milk.

  • By manila, June 14, 2009 @ 3:59 am

    You are right, there is nothing as refreshing and soothing as a pudina chai. Mint is very good for the stomach. In fact in Maharashtra (India), pudina tea is made everyday. If drinking for the first time, it takes a while getting used to the flavor.

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