How to make Nepali Milk Tea with spices and sugar

Ifyou want to learn how to make Nepali Milk Tea with spices and sugar, keep reading. Milk tea is one of the most popular beverages in Nepal. Mixed with milk, sugar and spices, this Nepali milk tea is an accompaniment in your daily activities, get-togethers with friends and family and work meetings.

Nepali Tea Traditions

Nepalis have a long tradition in tea drinking. Before you even enter a home in Nepal, a steaming hot cup of tea is already served and waiting for you. This is the way Nepalis express their hospitality and welcome guests warmly in their homes. Paired with sweet and savory snacks, this sweet, milky tea is a small luxury that will please your heart and your senses.

As I have coffee drinker, my relationship with tea is not always the greatest. When I travel to tea countries, I worry if I can get coffee as often as I want it. The results are not the best and when there is availability, the quality is questionable. And forget the “grab a cup of coffee” on the way. This is not the case.

How to make Nepali Milk tea with spices and sugar
Tea making in Kathmandu

In Nepal though, the combination of spices, sweetness and milk, made this cup of tea a welcoming change in my habits. It was also interesting to witness making it: on the floor, on a small wood fire. A grounding experience.

How to make Nepali Milk Tea with spices and sugar

The recipe is easy to make. Just get some black tea leaves or tea bags, steep them in boiling water and add the spices, sugar and milk for a few minutes. You can skip the milk or add more spices like black pepper or ginger.

Tea and spice shop in Kathmandu
A tea shop in Kathmandu

There are plenty of tea shops to get your daily fix all over Nepal. In addition, there are various shops where you can buy tea and bring back home. The Pure Nepal Home Made Spices and Tea Center is one of the most famous in Kathmandu.

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Nepali Milk Tea

Nepali Milk Tea in a glass

The quintessential milk tea with sugar and spices served many times a day in Nepal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons black tea leaves
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Steep tea in boiling water
  2. Add sugar, cardamom and cinnamon
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes to blend flavors
  4. Add milk and simmer for 3-5 minutes
  5. Strain and serve hot



You can use 3 tea bags instead of the black tea leaves

Instead of ground cardamom, you can also use 2 -3 cardamom pods, cracked open

Instead of ground cinnamon, you can use 1 cinnamon stick

You can also have the tea without milk if you wish 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

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