Jaggery tea or gud ki chai is a traditional Indian tea with jaggery and spices. Here we use jaggery known as gud in Hindi as sweetener in chai instead of sugar. This tea has a deep earthy flavor from jaggery and tastes delicious. During winters a cup of gud tea will be a great pick me up evening drink. Here is how to make jaggery tea at home.
I first tasted this jaggery tea in Delhi many years back. Then when I started to cook I attempted it once but the tea curdled immediately. At that time little did I know that jaggery should not be added to hot milk 🙂 Then I learnt to make proper jaggery tea and have been making it very often. I like the taste of jaggery in both coffee and tea.
Hot and comforting beverages takes precedence over anything during winters for me. I can just survive on hot drinks like jaggery tea, masala chai, tandoori chai, hot badam or pista milk are my go to beverages. Occasionally I also make chocolate tea, chai hot chocolate or hot cocoa 🙂
This gud ki chai is a very popular in northern parts of India especially in Uttar pradhesh and Maharastra. During winters it is a common scene people sipping jaggery tea when there is nip in the air. Jaggery is known for its warming properties and this tea is very comforting.
Jaggery is the most preferred and commonly used sweetener in Indian cooking. You will find most of sweet recipes made with jaggery, especially the ones that are made for pooja and vrat. It is because unlike sugar jaggery is raw and unprocessed, so it is considered sacred.
Jaggery or gud also has immense health benefits. It is very good for boosting immunity during winters, one reason you should consume jaggery tea in winters 🙂 Jaggery is also rich in iron and good for digestion.
This Jageery Tea Recipe Is
Flavorful, comforting & warming
Has complex earthy flavor and taste
Strong & perfect beverage to unwind
Vegetarian & gluten free
Can be made vegan with non dairy milk.
To make jaggery tea I like to use strong Assam tea leaves. I also add a bit of dry ginger powder and cardamom. If you want a perfect masala tea with jaggery you can just a pinch of this tea masala powder.
Next use very good quality jaggery for deep flavor and color. If you are using grated jaggery from block you might have to dissolve it in a bit of water and filter the impieties. If you are using jaggery powder you can just use as such.
How To Prevent Jaggery Tea From Curdling
Have you ever tried adding jaggery to hot milk? If yes you should have seen that the milk will curdle immediately. The acidic nature of jaggery curdles the hot milk.
So while making this tea you cannot add jaggery to simmering tea like you add sugar. Instead simmer the tea, strain and let it cool for few seconds. Add jaggery now and mix well. Serve immediately.
How To Make Jaggery Tea
To a sauce pan add 3/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder and 2 crushed cardamoms. bring to a boil.
Now add 2 teaspoon tea leaves.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Now add 1/2 cup milk and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Strain the tea well.
Add 2 teaspoons jaggery powder to a cup. Add strained tea and mix well.
Serve jaggery tea hot.
Tips For Making Jaggery Tea
Type of jaggery- you can use any type of jaggery in this recipe. If you have palm jaggery or date palm jaggery you can easily use it in this recipe.
Water to milk ratio- If you prefer strong tea use less milk and brew the tea for long time. For lighter milky tea use 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk.
Vegan jaggery tea– Use almond or soy milk in place of dairy milk. Do not boil the non dairy milk in any recipes, just simmer it gently.
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I hope you will try this jaggery tea recipe and enjoy as much as we did. P
Jaggery Tea Recipe
Jaggery Tea (Gud Ki Chai)
1 CUP = 250 ml
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder
- 2 green cardamoms crushed
- 2 teaspoons tea leaves
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons jaggery powder
- To a sauce pan add 3/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder and 2 crushed cardamoms. bring to a boil.
- Now add 2 teaspoon tea leaves.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- Now add 1/2 cup milk and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Strain the tea well.
- Add 2 teaspoons jaggery powder to a cup. Add strained tea and mix well.
- Serve jaggery tea hot.
- You can use any variety of jaggery in this recipe
- Use any non dairy milk for vegan jaggery tea
- You can double or triple this jaggery tea recipe