If Milk Powder is too expensive in Sri Lanka, use fresh milk!
Oh! My today post started like a political talk, isn’t it? 🙂 No, I hate politics and I don’t want to talk about those politicians in my recipe posts. But I do have my own ideas. This is a post I wanted to share from some time. I remember once I received lot of forwarding emails from friends about rising price of Milk Powder. In this week I am receiving a same email from different friends about a Sri Lankan Milk powder brand and health risk of it. So, finally I decided to share this post and this post is specially for Sri Lankans. I am not sure how many Sri Lankans will read this, but I hope at least one person will get the benefit.
|Sri Lankan Tea|
Yes, price is rising. Also milk powder is not healthy. Then there should have a solution.
One is, don’t drink milk tea, can you? In Sri Lanka, there are people actually they don’t like milk tea because of the taste. But most others want milk in their tea. So, here I talk about those who want milk in their tea.
There is another option. Use fresh milk instead of Milk powder. (Ah,I forgot to say that most Sri Lankans are addicted to imported milk powder, not to fresh milk. Among the Milk powder brands, most like to buy the brands which is the highest in price.)
If I say, drink fresh milk, there are few common and practical problems.
1) Where to buy fresh milk easily?
2) How to make a milk tea with fresh milk avoiding the sweetish taste and strong aroma? –yes, personally I don’t like the few teas (with fresh milk) I have tasted in Sri Lanka during my life time. I remember, they were very strong with aroma. I am not sure how they prepared the tea. (My family & relatives), but I didn’t like it at all.
However later, in around 2005, (after I married) I tried pasteurized milk.(Kal Kiri)
It was easily available in groceries and I started to use it and below is my recipe and proportions are as per our taste. The taste was good and even my husband who is a picky eater liked the taste. On the other way, it was budget friendly than using milk powder. Also Fresh milk is always healthier than powdered milk.
Now, here in Singapore, we buy fresh milk for the same reasons. That is Healthy, budget friendly and tasty. Please do your own calculations for a month’s milk consumption and see the difference of price when you use fresh milk. I am not going to share the exact price calculation here as I obtained Sri Lankan prices online and not sure how accurate they are.
Here I use store bought fresh milk or refer to pasteurized milk (kal kiri) in Sri Lanka. Still in Sri Lanka, we can buy fresh milk from the farmer. There are options!
Ok, today I talked a lot before the recipe. Do I have qualifications to be a politician? lol
I wish this recipe will be seen by at least one Sri Lankan and at least one Sri Lankan will convert to use fresh milk instead of milk powder.
Here are the recipes in both English & Sinhala.
The first recipe gives a perfect cup of tea. But it takes few more minutes to prepare as we need to steep black tea in a separate tea pot or cup.
Here is the Sinhala translation for above recipe.
Still it is easy to prepare a perfect cup of tea with this method.Step by step pictures are shown below.
Method 2 – The easiest
This method is so easy and tea is made by only using one saucepan.So, number of utensils for cleaning is lesser. If you feel lazy, here is the idea.Still,taste is good with this method.Adjust the quantities as per taste.
Here is the Sinhala translation for above Milk Tea recipe.
Here are the steps for a milk tea with fresh milk.
What do you think? I would like to hear how you prepare a cup of milk tea. Is it using milk powder or fresh milk?
Interesting to know that, in SriLanka people like milk powder instead of milk!!
Also Amy, you can try adding cardamon(3 nos crushed) & a ginger(1/2 inch crushed) , into the tea mixture while boiling , it is nice & flavorsome too!!
Very nice pics!!
we add ginger for our tea,but mostly for plain tea (black tea).I want to try this with cardamom and ginger together…..thank you
Amazing post about how to make tea? Loved this.
this is such an interesting post… actually my next post is going to be on how to make tea… 🙂 actually i prefer milk powder while my hubby prefers fresh milk/ uht milk for his tea. so what i do, i take half and half! 😉 i also add cardamom to my tea, ginger and cinnamon are also lovely additions… 🙂
I will surely check your next post on tea,it is interesting to hear the half half method… 🙂
yes,i want to try my tea with these spices,i am sure it is tasty….
so much info 🙂
actually ive never tried tea with milk powder, would love to try it some time.
Pictures are awesome dear
thanks for the comment,after few years use of fresh milk,now I feel tea is not tasty if it is with milk powder….try one day,you will see the difference… 🙂
Hi Amy, interesting and great posting. Thank you for sharing the tips of making tea with fresh milk. Love your small tea pot, look so cute.
Have a nice week ahead,regards.
Hi Amelia,thanks for your lovely comment,yes I too love that cute tea pot..
Have a great week!
Just today I took pics of my tea. Haven’t posted it yet. Glad to see your tea. Looks really good.
thanks Madhavi,hope to see your post soon…
such a lovely post..
such a lovely post Amy..
ceylon tea is the best.
thanks,yes thats true….
Lovely post.Try with ginger and cardamom like pavithra told,you are going to just love that.
thanks Poonima,yes I want to try…
Nice post!..its so amazing that the same tea leaves taste so different when done with the different kinds of milk.I usually prefer with fresh milk.But at times do switch to powdered milk or evaporated milk just to have a change of taste!
thanks for the comment,yes the taste of tea depend on the way we steep.sometimes we need a change,so milk powder or evaporated milk is options….
I love the tea. nice post
parcel the tea:)have tea with u anytime:)
sure,hope we will be able to have a tea together someday! 🙂
Even I use fair price full cream milk for tea,..
that’s nice to hear,I use this brand from few years and taste is so good…
මනසින් දිවියට ගොඩ වඳින්න(සරල බව සහ තදබල උනන්දුව)
ස්තූතියි ඔබේ පැමිණීමට සහ කමෙන්ට් එකට
Hi Amy, nice post dear. I luv tea and we use fresh milk only, never tried with milk powder.
i like my tea with fresh milk. But, this post is loads of info. Great work Amy
hi amy, i like plain tea or iced lemon tea. i dont drinkk tea with milk, cos i am a lactose intolerant.
nevertheless, tea with milk is a very popular beverage
mata danaganna ona kal kiri nishpadanaya karana vidiya.
eka factory wala ‘Sterilize’ karala hadanne,
man lankawe inna kale,kal kiri kaden gaththe,grocery 1 kin or food city walin
me link eka balanna , http://www.milco.lk/sterilized_milk.html#
Just looking for a way to prepare tea from fresh milk and stumbled on your post…nice work..im gonna try this and will c..i need darker tea (strong tea and milk).
oh glad you liked it,try it,sure later you wont like the taste of powdered milk,same as we do here…
wwhich is the best black tea for milk tea? help me ,please
well,I always use Ceylon Black tea for milk tea 🙂
Very interesting. Its 2020 and its been 7 years past but it actually worth to tase real tea feeling.
Thanks Harshana for your comment.Yes,it is almost 7 years for this post.But, still this is how I make milk tea daily at our home using fresh milk.Fresh milk is better than milk powder.I strongly wish Sri Lankans will convert to fresh milk due to its many benefits. 🙂
Hi… I’m reading this post in 2022.. I have many problems when making tea with fresh milk.. hope all of them solved… Thanks… Amila…
Thanks Kalani for sharing this comment. After using fresh milk for many years, now I really don’t like the taste of the powder. So, it is very difficult to drink milk when I am in Sri Lanka for holidays… 🙂
Please adjust tea leaves, sugar and fresh milk quantities as per your taste…