A Cup of Tea - Milk Powder

Something happened here for the first time since I came to Yanbu. Power failure. It was gone for more than an hour. No internet! I had completely forgotten about the data network on my SIM! So much for being always home. :-) For the first time, I could hear the neighbours, heard kids cry, heard Backstreet boys track...I could hear even a pin drop! Having to wait for the power and excited about the fact I could hear others secretly (but could not make any sense of it), I made another cup of tea so I have a partner in crime.
You'll know from my post addicted to chai how much I struggled to make a perfect cup of tea consistently - consistent being the struggle. Now that I have figured the how I thought I will share my secret here. It is not rocket science, but trust me - making a cup of tea with milk is not as easy as black tea and when it is milk powder which was an alien concept to me. To make it the same way every time was a challenge. 

I am calling this my cup of tea using milk powder, though if used fresh milk it would be the way done mostly in India. Recently I also learnt that even in Burma they make tea very similar to India. 

stuff I use in Yanbu for my tea with milk powder

How to make a cup of chai with milk powder?


  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon full-fat milk powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  • sugar to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of tea leaves (loose)
  • a pinch of cardamom (optional)
  • a pinch of grated ginger (optional)


  1. Add the milk powder to a cup with a little water to make a smooth paste without lumps. Then, stir in the remaining water.
  2. Pour this into a deep pot and heat it on the stove at a medium-high flame. Bring this to a full boil. Here you may add a pinch of grated ginger or a pinch of cardamom powder or both.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare your mug — Take your favourite cup and add sugar for your taste. 
  4. Once the milk starts to boil, reduce the flame to a low and add the tea leaves and wait for the magic. Do not get tempted to increase the flame to make tea quicker, patience pays.
  5. Once the tea seeps, you will see the milk colour changing. Stir the pan to ensure even distribution of the tea flavour. I like my tea to be rich in tea flavour and so I boil it for a bit longer.
  6. Use a strainer to strain the tea directly into the mug and stir to dissolve the sugar. Use the same spoon to press down the residue in the strainer to extract maximum out of it.
  7. Take it along with you to your favourite spot at home. Switch off your wifi/phone/gadgets etc. Make slurrrrrrrrp sound each time you sip! 
There... you just had an amazing "me" time with Tea for you! 


  1. I love tea, but never cared too much with milk in it. I made some tonight with it, but I do like the strong natural taste of the tea.

    1. Noor, I tried skipping the milk yesterday, but realized I am addicted to milk tea coz if I dont take it on time with milk I develop headache! yikes! Habits I got to get rid off...

  2. I think I am the same way with my cappuccinos.


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