Black tea being poured out from the teapot with ice cubes and mint leaves on the table
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4 from 2 votes

Soothing Black Tea Recipe

The best thing about making black tea at home is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients. It is less expensive and fun to make. Let's find out how!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: black tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Sakina Kheriwala


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp loose leaf black tea 2-3 grams
  • 1 tsp milk, lemon, sugar, honey optional


  • Pour 1 cup of water in a teapot and heat it on a medium flame.
  • As the water comes to a boil, add 1-2 tablespoons of loose, black tea of your choice.
  • Place the lid on the teapot, or if using a cup, cover the cup with a lid or a small saucer.
  • Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. It’s best to taste your tea after 3 minutes and then after every 30 seconds until it satisfies your taste.
  • You can add milk or honey to sweeten your tea. Many people also prefer adding lemon and/or sugar cubes to their tea.
    A cup of black tea, a black kettle and a plate of black tea leaves on a wooden table


To make a strong tea, use more tea leaves rather than cooking it for a longer time to avoid the bitter taste of the tea. Avoid distilled water, which can make the black tea taste flat. Preferably, do not re-use boiled water.