Black tea being poured out from the teapot with ice cubes and mint leaves on the table
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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 simmering water and some more, if you wish to pre-heat the equipment used to brew tea
  • 1 tbsp 2 to 3 grams of loose leaf black tea
  • 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, use fresh water that has not been boiled earlier.