Basil Tea Recipe from India

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 4 mins

This recipe has been submitted for play in ZWT8 - India. This recipe was found on Indian Food Forever . Now this sounds good. I often am left wondering what I'm going to do with all the basil growing in the garden. What a great use for it. Please note: Cooking time is for steeping of the tea.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup basil leaves (Tulsi Leaves)
  • 2 14 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons tea leaves (Chai Patti, or 2 Tea Bags)
  • sugar (your preference, Cheeni)
  • milk (your preference, Doodh)


  1. In a small pan bring water and basil leaves to boil.
  2. Lower the heat and allow to brew for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Now add the tea leaves or tea bags and sugar to your taste and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn off the heat and strain the tea into cups and add milk as per your taste.
Most Helpful

I made 1 serving only for me. The basil has a light taste with the tea. Both of them are perfect together. I really enjoyed it with just a little bit of milk. No sugar in my tea. Thanks Baby Kato :) Made for Photo tag game

Boomette September 12, 2012

Wow, what a surprise. This simple recipe for a simple cup of tea is great! I too, always have way too much basil. But, have to be honest wasn't sure about combining tea and basil. Very refreshing and tasty. I don't use cream in my tea so that is the only ingredient I did not use. Will definitely be making this again. Made for ZWT8 and The Wild Bunch.

Maryland Jim August 27, 2012

Well wasn't this a fun treat for this afternoon. Made as written and I didn't use any sugar. Made for ZWT8. Thanks for posting, BK!

JanuaryBride August 22, 2012