How to Make Tea with Milk Powder: Step by Step Guide with Images

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I’ve been to the refrigerator for some milk plenty of times. Just to realize I was out of fresh milk! On other occasions, I’ve been to the refrigerator for the milk, and guess what! Spoiled Milk.

Have you ever come across situations like this? In such a fix, I’ve found milk powder to be a perfectly suitable substitute to replace fresh milk. To please my tea cravings!

It only takes some careful techniques and tricks to prepare the perfect milk powder tea. While the taste is almost the same as any other milk tea.

So, how to make tea with milk powder.

There are three methods to make tea with milk powder depending on the tea used

  • Preparing tea with milk powder and teabag
  • Making tea with milk powder and tea powder
  • Preparing tea with milk powder and loose tea leaves.

Let’s explore each of these further, with a helpful step-by-step guide too!

Depending on the availability of ingredients, you can choose any of the tea options mentioned above. Or, you could compare black tea with milk tea here to decide if black tea is a better option.

Below is a detailed guideline on how to make tea with milk powder and tea bags. The other two methods, using tea powder and tea leaves follow the same. With some changes, because of the different tea options used.

Method One – How to Make Tea with Milk Powder and Tea Bag

Until recently, I was used to tea bags ever since I was young. Because they come in handy bags and are easier to discard. So first, we’ll look into the first method of making milk tea – with milk powder and tea bags.

What You Need:

  • 8 Oz of water
  • 1 tea bag
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of Milk Powder
  • A tea strainer to strain the tea
  • Kettle or saucepan to boil water
  • Tea spoon to stir
  • A large Cup to mix
  • A teapot
  • your tea cup to serve
what you will need
What you will need
the ingredients
the ingredients


1. Add 8 oz of water to a kettle

Add 8 Oz of water to a kettle or saucepan and set it over medium-low heat. Once the water reaches a boil, remove it from the heat and set it aside.

boil kettle or saucepan
boil water in a kettle or saucepan
boil the water
bring to the boil and set aside

Or You Can Boil Tea The Ancient Chinese Way

2. Transfer the water to a cup

transfer the water
transfer the water to the cup

Then, transfer the water to a cup and dip the tea bag a few times to get it wet. Then, leave it submerged by hanging its strings on the side of the cup. Leave it to steep between 1-6 minutes.

3. Add 3 teaspoons of milk powder

Add three teaspoons of milk powder and one tablespoon of normal water into a large cup. Mix well until you form a fine paste. This helps to get rid of any milk powder granules or clumps.

add the milk powder
add the milk powder
mix well to a fine paste
mix well into a fine paste

Why – Making a paste will avoid loose milk powder swirling at the bottom of the cup. If you’re in a hurry, then you can skip this step.

Add the milk powder and sugar altogether in the tea that’s steeped after removing the tea bags.

4. Remove and discard the teabag after desired strength

remove and discard tea bag
remove and discard tea bag

When you feel that the teabag has steeped enough to give you the flavor and color you need. Remove and discard the teabag.

Find out if you can compost the teabag too. It depends on what plastic it contains.

Be sure to do THIS with your discarded tea bags

5. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar

Then, add 1 teaspoon of sugar and stir until completely dissolved.

add a teaspoon of sugar
stir until dissolved
and stir until dissolved

6. Add the mixture to the milk

add tea mixture into milk powder

Add the tea mixture to the milk powder paste you prepared in Step 3

7. Stir till the milk paste dissolves

stir well till paste dissolves
stir well until the paste dissolves

Then, stir well, until the milk paste dissolves completely.

8. Strain over a tea strainer

strain tea through a tea strainer
strain tea through a tea strainer

You can now strain the tea over a tea strainer to the teapot and get rid of any clumps or granules.

9. Break up any powder granules

break up any granules
break up any granules

Now, break up any tea powder granules or clumps in the strainer using the back of a spoon or leave it as it is. You might want to mix the tea in the teapot again if you mash them.

10. Enjoy your tea made with milk powder

pour into your favorite cup
pour into your favorite cup!

And You’re Done!

Pour the hot tea you made with milk powder into your favorite mug or the best cup and saucer you have.

Remember  “A cup of tea is a cup of peace”, enjoy every sip.

If that didn’t do it for you, then here is my list of Best teas to drink without milk.

Method Two – How to Make Tea with Milk Powder and Tea Powder

I’ve seen in many developing countries like Sri Lanka where Ceylon tea comes from, they often use tea powder. It’s the most widespread form of tea available there. The same is true for milk powder there. Milk powder is the generally used form of making tea. So how do they make it?

Don’t worry. It’s simple. Only replace the tea bags under method one with one teaspoon of tea powder.

And to make it, follow the same Steps under method one, except for Steps 2 and 4. In these Steps, follow this instead,

  • In Step 2 add 1 teaspoon of tea powder and let it steep between 1-6 minutes.
  • When the tea reaches the desired flavor and color. In Step 4 strain the tea mixture through a tea strainer into a separate cup. Do this before adding sugar in Step 5.

Did You Know?
Tea and coffee powders are generally heterogeneous. So, they don’t completely dissolve without sediment every time. Unless you’re using an instant tea powder that dissolves completely. Yet, this can also depend on the brand.

Method Three – How to Make Tea with Milk Powder and Loose Tea Leaves

There are a few that choose natural flavors for their beverages. These kinds of people find loose tea leaves the best tea option. Tea leaves give a fresh flavor, taste, and aroma altogether. So, if you are one of those people, then how do you make tea with milk powder and loose tea leaves?

It’s not as hard as you might think. You got this!

You only need the same things as method one, except for teabags. Replace the tea bags with one spoonful of loose tea leaves. You can check out my beginner teas here on

And to make it with the freshness you expect from loose tea leaves, follow the same steps as method one. But, in Steps 2 and 4, follow this instead.

  • In Step 2 add 1 or more teaspoons of loose tea leaves and let it steep for 1-6 minutes.
  • After the tea reaches the perfect flavor and color, in Step 4 strain the tea mixture through a tea strainer into a separate cup. Do this before adding sugar in Step 5

Did You Know?
Some of the tea options, be it tea bags, powder or loose leaves come with a manufacturer’s guide. This specifies the time to steep tea for the best flavor.

Best Milk Powder for Tea

The main ingredient in milk tea, without a doubt, is milk. Not to be confused with milk tea. So, it’s important to check the quality of the milk powder you use. The quality of the milk powder can bring a lot of difference to your cup of tea.

… So, now you must be wondering how to choose the best milk powder. It’s an absolute breeze, check on its consistency, ability to dissolve, and of course, the flavor.

My family and I have been using Full-Cream milk powder, whenever we can get it. This works perfectly for a delicious cup of milk tea. It has a great flavor, and consistency and dissolves fine with a few stirs. It also makes a fine milk paste with not many clumps.

The best milk brands to use can differ from one country to another. It can also depend on personal preferences. So I found the four bestselling Milk Powder brands on Amazon that you can choose from.

Difference Between Powdered Milk vs. Fresh Milk Tea

Now here’s a common question that you could be asking yourself. ‘What actually makes a tea made with fresh milk and powdered milk different?’ I can answer this based on three views as follows…

Taste ViewNutrition ViewCost View
On average milk tea made using fresh milk has a superior and rich flavor than milk tea prepared using milk powder. On average fresh milk and powdered milk has the same vitamins and minerals. So, will not make a huge difference in nutrition. Dry milk Powders are cost-effective and provide a longer shelf life than fresh milk. But fresh milk gives a better taste than milk powders.

If you’re scrolling for a conclusion, milk tea made out of fresh milk stands out for its amazing flavor and taste. But is also expensive and provides a shorter shelf life.

Special Oriental Teas with Milk Powder

Whether the milk powder you use gives a better taste or not you have plenty of options available to enhance your tea flavor. Especially, when using milk powder for your tea. Very often flavors such as ginger, cardamom, and masala (A mix of herbs and spices) are often used. Here are also the benefits of cinnamon and ginger tea, and cinnamon tea before bed.

So, how do you make these? Keep Reading…

Ginger Tea with Milk Powder

Serving as an Asian herbal beverage, ginger tea has a long history of herbal medicine. It is often used as a home remedy for coughs, colds, and sore throats. You can also make this tea with milk in it. But is best in its pure form (Tea and Ginger). To make this…

  • In Step 2 of making milk tea under any method, where you can add any tea option you prefer. Add 2 inches or 2 tablespoons of crushed fresh ginger root. The flavor will then infuse along with the time taken to steep the tea.
  • Before adding the tea to the milk paste, strain it over a tea strainer to discard the ginger solids.
and you're done
perfect milk tea with milk powder!

Cardamom Tea with Milk Powder

Cardamom is a traditional aromatic spice in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and Indonesia. This is why cardamom tea is a popular beverage in these countries. Cardamom tea is a remedy for complete digestion and assimilation of ingested food. It also treats constipation and enhances heart health and blood circulation. This again is best in its pure form (tea and cardamom). To make this tea with milk powder you have to:

  • Add 2 to 3 pods of crushed cardamom in Step 2 of the making process. Where you add the tea option you use. This will give time for the flavor to infuse along with the time you give for the tea to steep.
  • Before adding the tea to the milk paste, strain it over a tea strainer to discard the cardamom pods.

Masala Tea with Milk Powder

Originating from India, Masala Tea is generally known as “Masala Chai”. This is a much-flavored tea with a mix of aromatic spices and herbs. This tea contains zero fat, without milk or sugar. Masala tea prevents cancer, and bloating and boosts immunity and metabolism. For preparing this you will need,

  • 2 cardamom pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed ginger
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

With these ready…

  • Crush them in a blender and add them in Step 2 when making tea (along with the tea option you use). This will absorb all the spices and flavors with the time the tea steeps.
  • Before adding the tea mixture to the milk paste, strain it over a tea strainer to discard the solids.

If these flavors aren’t your type. Try adding flavors such as vanilla, butterscotch, or almond to your milk tea.

Tips and Tricks

If no flavor works for you, then make your tea better with these tips and tricks.

  • Keep a few Oz of water in excess to how much you need, when you heat. Because the water evaporates (Is lost) when heating and you’ll end up with less water to fill your cup.
  • The recommended temperature of water for black tea (the type often used for milk tea) is 190-210 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The recommended time for steeping black tea, usually used when making milk tea is 3-5 minutes.
  • When discarding tea bags/leaves or powder, disperse them around your garden plants. They are good fertilizers.
  • If you want a strong tea flavor, add more tea (Whichever option you use). Same with sugar for sweetness and milk for thickness or milky flavor.

Now that you’ve reached the end or perhaps while you’re sipping any of these teas – prepared out of milk powder! You may be wondering about its health and calorie perspective side by side. I hope the following could fill you in…

How Many Calories in a Cup of Tea with Powdered Milk?

On Average cup of milk tea prepared with milk and sugar contains 40 calories. The count increase along with more milk and sugar.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this step-by-step guide. If you have please share it and let’s give some love to powdered milk in tea!

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Final Thoughts

So many ways to make tea as it is, but this just shows that even some of the ingredients can be used in different ways, to get the same or similar results.

If you’ve enjoyed this then you might enjoy some other similar topics, such as Chai Tea Recipes, or How to Make Green Tea the Simple Way And don’t forget to check out my Tea-Wares page for the perfect gifts and tea sets and accessories!

Images were used with kind permission from Reema, a tea lover in Sri Lanka. Thank you.

Is tea with milk powder good for health? Less so than no milk at all. Tea contains disease-fighting flavonoids and antioxidants called catechins. Which is often renowned for its health benefit in improved blood flow. Adding milk blocks this benefit to a degree, reducing the concentration of catechins. Regardless of powdered or fresh milk.

How many calories are in a cup of tea with powdered milk? On Average cup of milk tea prepared with milk and sugar contains 40 calories. The count increase along with more milk and sugar.