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Jaggery Tea (Gud Ki Chai )

 Published 2017-May-24   Updated 2017-May-28

- Submitted by Beryl

(Sarkkara Chaaya, Gur ki Chai)

In India, tea is a part of everyone's like. We love to have different types of tea starting from the most basic chai, masala tea, ginger tea, cardamom tea, tulsi tea, mint tea, black tea, lemon tea etc. In most of the cases, sugar is used to sweeten the tea. In today's recipe, we will see another variation of tea, where jaggery is used for sweetening the tea. This is called the Jaggery Tea or Gur ki Chai. It is very popular in Maharashtra and many other North Indian states.

Jaggery tea is more healthier compared to tea made of sugar. Our grandparents used more of jaggery to make desserts than sugar. It has a very nice flavor. Let's see how to prepare the Jaggery tea.

Recipe for Jaggery Tea

Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Milk- 2.5 cup
  • Water- 2 cup
  • Tea dust- 4 to 5 teaspoon
  • Jaggery powder- 5 to 6 teaspoon (depends on your taste)
  • Cardamom (elaichi or yelakkai) - 2 to 3 numbers
  • Fennel (saunf or sombu seeds or perunjeeragam) - 1.5 to 2 teaspoon


  1. First crush the cardamom and fennel seeds together using a pestle and mortar (or a mixie). Keep it aside in a dry plate.
  2. Now crush the jaggery using a pestle and mortar and keep it in a plate.
  3. Switch on the stove. In a milk pan (or sauce pan), take the water and milk and keep it on the stove top.
  4. When the milk gets warm, add the tea dust first. After 1 or 2 minutes, add cardamom and fennel powder.
  5. Wait for the milk to boil properly so that all the powders get infused into the tea. You can now smell the cardamom and fennel.
  6. When it boils properly switch off the stove. Now add the jaggery powder and mix well.
  7. Mix the tea thoroughly with a spoon and then sieve it. The jaggery tea is ready to serve


  • This tea is for four people . You can adjust the ingredients according to the number of people in your home.
  • Don't add jaggery powder in the starting itself. Only add this at the end. Otherwise there is a possibility for the milk to curdle.
  • You can adjust the amount of milk and water according to your taste. Some people like tea with more water while other prefer it creamier with more milk.
  • Instead of fennel seeds, you can use crushed ginger to flavor the tea.

Serving Jaggery Tea

  • Serve piping hot during evenings after a tired day with some biscuits or savory snacks.

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Comments (2)

Person   ()
I am wondering with one question, does the addition of jaggar in the milk will not spoil the milk.. once I tried to prepare khear with jaggar but it spoiled my dish, where as if I boiled the jaggar in water and added to the milk it doesn't spoiled my dish.
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Hi Ranjan, If you add jaggery to boiling milk, it will get curdled.

In this recipe, we add the crushed jaggery powder only after switching off. So it will be fine.

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