Milk tea or tea with milk, whichever way you prefer calling it, is undeniably a world favourite. The name itself makes you feel refreshed. People prefer adding ginger, or cardamom, or even cinnamon to give it that extra zing. A cup of this tea can help you eliminate all the stress you have been through the day. And we can bet, you are never too lazy to prepare a hot cup of it when there is the milk powder to save you the boiling time.
But have you ever wondered where milk tea came from? Well, very few know about its roots in Taiwan, who used butter instead of milk. Then it travelled to China, where they used milk for the first time. Traveling further, it reached India through the Silk Route. Indians, known for their culinary expertise, experimented with milk tea and their spices, which was quite a hit. Then came the British, took the recipe with them, modified with sweeteners, and now we all have it – tea with milk.
Before moving ahead, let us now brew a hot cup of tea with the milk powder to get us through the rest of the article. Let's go!
Steps To Follow To Make Tea With Milk Powder
Follow the method mentioned below to enjoy a hot cup of milk tea to relieve you of all that stress you have been through.
If You Are Using Loose Tea Leaves
Things you will need:
1. A cup of water
2. Sugar (as per your requirement)
3. One tablespoon of loose tea leaves
4. Three teaspoons of milk powder
5. A utensil to boil water
6. A spoon to stir
7. A strainer
Step 1: Let the water boil in the utensil on medium heat.
Step 2: Put milk powder and sugar in your cup and mix well.
Step 3: Now, add the tea leaves in the boiling water
Step 4: Let it boil for 1-2 minutes.
Step 5: Pour a little of the boiled tea liquor through the strainer to mix well with the milk powder and sugar.
Step 6: Blend until you get a smooth consistency so that there are no lumps formation, which usually either lies at the bottom or floats on top of the tea.
Step 7: Now strain and pour the rest of the tea and stir well.
Step 8: Voilà! Your tea is ready.
2. If You Are Using Tea Bags
You can also use tea bags instead of loose tea leaves to make your favorite drink. The things you will need will remain the same with a slight change in the process of making it. To make tea with tea bags, the
Step 1 and Step 2 remain the same.
Follow the remaining steps below:
Step 3: After the water comes to a boil, put it in low heat.
Step 4: Pour some water in your cup and blend until the mixture attains a smooth consistency.
Step 5: Add the rest of the water and stir well.
Step 6: Now, add a tea bag or bags as per your requirement.
Step 7: Let it steep until you achieve your desired flavor and color.
Step 8: Once you have it, dispose of the tea bag.
Step 9: There you are ready with your cup of milk tea with tea bags.
Now, you have your cup of tea with you, so let us look at the benefits of drinking tea made with milk powder.
What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Tea Made With Milk Powder?
Milk powder is the most suitable alternative for fresh milk or its pasteurized variety. However, we suggest that you research and consult experts on it before making the switch. There is no denying that milk powder also has nutritional values similar to liquid milk; it has a few added features such as better taste and aroma. It is also known to have some additional nutrients such as selenium, B-complex vitamins, and phosphorus. Thus, milk powder supplements all these nutrients in your cup of tea when you make one. However, you cannot differentiate a cup of tea made with milk powder from that made with regular milk, except the former's consistency might be a bit thicker.
Before you buy your packet of milk powder, read the following to help you make the right choice.
The Do's And Don'ts Of Buying Milk Powder
You will be overwhelmed by the types of milk powder you will encounter when you go shopping for it. Some of its varieties are camel milk powder, skimmed milk powder, coconut milk powder, full-cream milk powder, etc. However, there are a few do's and don'ts of buying milk powder that you should follow.
● Look at the back of the pack for nutritional values.
● Look for the essential dates of manufacture and expiry.
● If you are allergic to something, look for it in the ingredients section.
● Go for trusted brands.
● Do not go for milk powder if you have diabetes.
● Do not forget to be cautious of the ingredients used and consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
● Do not compromise with the packaging of the milk powder.
● Do not bring home a pack of baby formula feed.
Tea never fails to amaze and make us feel refreshed, whether you make it with fresh or pasteurized milk or brew with some spoons of milk powder. We understand that this smooth and creamy powder takes you back to your childhood when you would pop a spoonful in your mouth when no one was watching.
Gone are those days! However, now you need to be cautious of what you consume and take care of your health as it will affect your entire lifestyle. A cup of tea prepared with milk powder will do no such harm. It only takes a few minutes to brew a cup and enjoy your time. It's added nutritional benefits will only add to your healthy habits. However, you should always be a little cautious to avoid any discomfort if you have any restrictions or complications.