Favourite of millions and consumed all over the world, milk tea is known as doodh patti chai & masala chai in India, Pakistan and Nepal, teh tarik in Malaysia and Singapore, suutei tsai in Mongolia, Hong Kong milk tea, bubble tea in Taiwan, Japanese milk tea, cha in China – the country of its origin.
Nutritional value of Milk Tea
A cup of milk tea, without sugar, has around 30 calories. It contains 64% carbohydrates, 24% fat and 12% proteins. Milk tea is a rich source of calcium. It also contains cholesterol, sodium, potassium and vitamin A.
Possible health benefits of Milk Tea…
1/6. Provides strength to the body
Milk contains absorbable calcium that makes the bones strong. The vitamin D present in milk helps in absorbing the calcium.
2/6. Effective for weight loss
Milk tea is useful both for weight gain and weight loss. The fat content of milk tea helps in weight gain. The polyphenol and caffeine content of milk tea helps in losing weight.
3/6. Functions as an anti-inflammatory
The antioxidant content of milk tea helps in functioning as an anti-inflammatory agent.
4/6. Aids nutrition
Milk in the milk tea offers numerous health benefits as it comprises of nine essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein, and potassium.
5/6. Good for the skin
The polyphenolic compounds present in tea prevents early signs of aging. The polyphenolic compounds further decrease the appearance of acne and blemishes on the skin.
6/6. Reduces stress
Milk tea is low on caffeine hence, it re-balances the stress hormones allowing one to remain stress-free. Milk tea is considered to be an excellent mood booster, reduces tensions, that uplifts the mood.
Too much of tea is becoming a problem…
Overdoing (more than 2-3 half cups a day) it can lead to certain caffeine triggered health risks like disturbed sleep, loose stools, increased body heat, heartburn, acidity, abdominal pain, heartburn, dizziness etc.
How to prepare Milk Tea?
Take approximately 100 ml of water and heat it in a pan, keep it under 90 degree C.
Add 1 teaspoon of tea leaves/powder and let it come to a boil it low heat.
Add milk according to the flavour/colour and intensity of tea you like… Let it come to a boil again.
Switch off the gas. Let it sit for a minute or two.
Strain using a sieve. Your tea is ready… Add sugar/jaggery or any other sweetener, if you want, according to your taste.