Most Indians love their tea with milk and sugar; however, it is believed that milk can reduce the nutritional value of tea, which makes it less healthy. It is mostly recommended to enjoy the flavour and benefits of tea as it is. Out of all the tea varieties that are commonly available, which include green, white and oolong tea, the most common is black tea. A strong cup of black tea has proved to be the perfect energizer for most of us who hate to wake up early in the morning.
All the varieties of tea come from the same plant, Camellia Sinesis. What differentiates them from each other is the level of processing and oxidization. Black tea is a variant that is most oxidized and processed. It is the sun-drying process that gives black tea it distinctive colour and flavour.
How to make black tea: All the varieties of tea come from the same plant, Camellia SinesisHere are some of the health benefits black tea has to offer; tea lovers, hear us!
- Black tea is rich in antioxidants that may keep cancer risk at bay.
- It is one of the best energizers, thanks to the caffeine content present.
- It contains alkylamine, an antigen that helps in improving immunity.
- Fluoride present in black tea helps in protecting teeth and bones.
- Regular consumption of black tea is linked with benefitting people suffering from diabetes and cholesterol.
While these are a few benefits, black tea is trove of health promoting properties. Now that you are convinced to grab a cup, we tell you how to make black tea.
How to make black tea?
Making this recharging beverage is not a difficult task but it is all about precision and timing. Here's how to make black tea like a pro.
How to make black tea: Making this recharging beverage is not a difficult task but it is all about precisionIngredients (according to the number of people you are serving)Water
Sugar (or cubes)Method
- Take some water in a saucepan and add sugar or cubes in water and cook on a medium flame for about two minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Now as the water comes to a boil, add tea leaves and keep stirring on medium flame for about two minutes.
- Now let the water infuse all the goodness from the tea leaves on low flame and cover the lid for about another two minutes.
- Strain the black tea immediately and enjoy.
Tips on how to make black tea: Points to remember!
- As a general rule of thumb, you must steep the tea for about three to five minutes. However, the exact will also depend on the quality of tea leaves and your personal preference for a stronger or milder brew.
- To make a strong tea, use more tea leaves rather than cooking it for a longer time as it will become bitter.
- Make sure the tea boils at least two to three times; low water temperature may not extract full range of flavours.
- The water that you use to make black tea also plays an important role. Avoid distilled water, which can make the black tea taste flat. Prefer fresh water that has not been boiled earlier.
This is how to make black tea! Simple and refreshing. Go on and make some for yourself and replenish your mind.