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Mastering the Art of Doodh Patti: A Guide to Crafting Authentic Pakistani Chai

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Indulging in a cup of chai is more than just a routine in Pakistan—it’s a cherished cultural experience. With regional variations in style, the preparation of “doodh patti” or milk tea is considered an art. In this guide, we’ll explore the fundamental recipe for creating a delectable mix tea, Pakistani style, inviting you to savor the richness of this beloved beverage.

Recipe for Authentic Doodh Patti


  • Water: 1 cup
  • Loose tea leaves or tea bags: 2-3 teaspoons (adjust to taste)
  • Sugar: 2-3 teaspoons (adjust to preference)
  • Milk: 1 cup

Optional Spices

  • Cardamom pods (elaichi): 2-3 (crushed)
  • Cinnamon stick (dalchini): 1 small piece
  • Ginger (adrak): 1 small piece (grated)
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  1. Boil Water:
    In a saucepan, bring one cup of water to a boil.
  2. Add Tea Leaves:
    Once boiling, add the tea leaves or tea bags. For loose leaves, tie them in cloth for easy removal.
  3. Add Optional Spices:
    Introduce cardamom pods, a small piece of cinnamon stick, and grated ginger for enhanced flavor.
  4. Simmer:
    Allow tea leaves and spices to simmer for 2-3 minutes, infusing delightful flavors.
  5. Add Milk:
    Carefully pour one cup of milk into the saucepan, avoiding boiling over.
  6. Sweeten:
    Incorporate sugar, adjusting to taste. Stir well to dissolve.
  7. Boil and Simmer:
    Let the tea come to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for a few more minutes.
  8. Strain and Serve:
    Use a fine mesh strainer to remove tea leaves and spices. Serve hot.
  9. Enjoy:
    Savor your delightful mix tea, pairing it with biscuits, cookies, or your snack of choice.

Tips for Personalization:

  • Tailor tea leaves, milk, and sugar quantities to suit taste preferences.
  • Experiment with additional spices like cloves or nutmeg for unique flavors.
  • For a stronger tea, allow the leaves to steep for a longer duration.

Tea preparation is not just a culinary task; it’s a personal and cultural experience. This authentic doodh patti recipe invites you to explore the rich tapestry of Pakistani chai, providing a delightful blend of tradition and flavor. Master the art of crafting the perfect cup, and let each sip transport you to the heart of Pakistani tea culture.

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