Dum Chai Recipe

Hyderabadi Dum ki Chai

Tea and chai is the same thing with two different names. In the Asian region tea is called chai. There are different methods to make tea according to cultures. Dum chai is a flavorsome delicacy which got its name from the cooking method dum technique. Dum cooking also is known as slow cooking.

What makes dum ki chai different from regular chai?

In dum chai, chai is brewed on a low flame by covering the lid to lock the aroma. It is brewed for a longer period of time than regular tea.

On the other side, milk is also boiled for a longer time to get the creamy texture. In the end tea and milk are combined. Green cardamoms use to make it more flavorful.

Hyderabadi Dum Chai

Author: Home Chef
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 3


For Tea
  • Water 3 cups
  • Tea 2 tbsp
  • Ginger 1 inch piece (optional)

For Milk

  • Milk 4 cups
  • Sugar 2 tbsp or to taste
  • Green cardamom 2-4


For Tea
  • Take a heavy bottom pan, fill it with water. Add ginger and tea leaves.
  • Cover the lid tightly and simmer on low heat for about 40 minutes or until 3/4 cup tea left.
For Milk
  • In the meantime, take another pan, pour milk, and add cardamom.
  • Bring to boil, when it starts boiling; leave to simmer until half milk left. In between add sugar.
  • Stir the milk in intervals to avoid it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Milk should be thick and creamy.

Tea Assembling

  • Using a strainer pour tea in cups about ¼ cup in each. Add thick milk.
    Serve hot.

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