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How to Create Taro Milk Tea from Scratch (No Taro Powder)

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Taro milk tea is a delightful, creamy beverage that has become a favorite in bubble tea shops around the world. While it’s common to make this drink using taro powder for convenience, making it from scratch with fresh taro root can elevate its flavor and nutritional value. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create taro milk tea from scratch without using taro powder..

Ingredients :

    • Fresh Taro Root : 1 medium-sized taro root (about 1-2 cups when peeled and cubed).

    • Milk: 1 cup (dairy or non-dairy alternatives like almond, soy, or coconut milk)

    • Black or Green Tea: 1 cup, brewed and cooled.

    • Sweetener:  Sugar, honey, or agave syrup to taste (optional)

    • Tapioca Pearls (Boba): 1/2 cup (optional, but recommended for the bubble tea experience).

    • Water: For boiling the taro and cooking the tapioca pearls

Equipment

    • Saucepan

    • Blender or food processor

    • Strainer

    • Large mixing bowl
    • Bubble tea straws

Taro Milk Tea Recipe

Notes

Step-by-Step Instructions

 

Prepare the Taro Root:

  • Peel the taro root using a vegetable peeler or a knife. Be careful, as taro can be slippery.
  • Cut the taro root into small cubes for faster cooking.

 

Cook the Taro Root:

  • Place the taro cubes in a saucepan and cover them with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and cook the taro until it is soft and easily pierced with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain the taro and let it cool slightly.

 

Make Taro Puree:

  • Transfer the cooked taro cubes to a blender or food processor.
  • Add a small amount of milk (about 1/4 cup) to help blend the taro into a smooth puree. Blend until completely smooth.
  • If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more milk until you reach a creamy consistency.

 

Brew the Tea:

  • Brew 1 tea spoon to make 1 cup strong black or green tea and let it cool to room temperature. You can use loose leaf tea or tea bags.
  • Once brewed, strain the tea leaves if using loose leaf tea and set the tea aside.

 

Cook the Tapioca Pearls (if using):

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the tapioca pearls.
  • Cook according to the package instructions, usually around 5-7 minutes, until the pearls are soft and chewy.
  • Drain the pearls and rinse them under cold water. Set aside in a bowl of simple syrup to keep them from sticking together.

 

Assemble the Taro Milk Tea:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the taro puree with the remaining milk and brewed tea. Stir well until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  • Add sweetener to taste, if desired. Stir until the sweetener is fully dissolved.

 

Serve the Taro Milk Tea:

  • Place a few spoonfuls of cooked tapioca pearls at the bottom of a glass.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour the taro milk tea mixture over the ice, giving it a final stir.
  • Serve with a bubble tea straw and enjoy!

Step-by-Step Instructions

 

Prepare the Taro Root:

  • Peel the taro root using a vegetable peeler or a knife. Be careful, as taro can be slippery.
  • Cut the taro root into small cubes for faster cooking.

 

Cook the Taro Root:

  • Place the taro cubes in a saucepan and cover them with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and cook the taro until it is soft and easily pierced with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain the taro and let it cool slightly.

 

Make Taro Puree:

  • Transfer the cooked taro cubes to a blender or food processor.
  • Add a small amount of milk (about 1/4 cup) to help blend the taro into a smooth puree. Blend until completely smooth.
  • If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more milk until you reach a creamy consistency.

 

Brew the Tea:

  • Brew 1 cup of strong black or green tea and let it cool to room temperature. You can use loose leaf tea or tea bags.
  • Once brewed, strain the tea leaves if using loose leaf tea and set the tea aside.

 

Cook the Tapioca Pearls (if using):

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the tapioca pearls.
  • Cook according to the package instructions, usually around 5-7 minutes, until the pearls are soft and chewy.
  • Drain the pearls and rinse them under cold water. Set aside in a bowl of simple syrup to keep them from sticking together.

 

Assemble the Taro Milk Tea:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the taro puree with the remaining milk and brewed tea. Stir well until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  • Add sweetener to taste, if desired. Stir until the sweetener is fully dissolved.

 

Serve the Taro Milk Tea:

  • Place a few spoonfuls of cooked tapioca pearls at the bottom of a glass.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour the taro milk tea mixture over the ice, giving it a final stir.
  • Serve with a bubble tea straw and enjoy!
 

Tips for the Perfect Taro Milk Tea

Adjust Sweetness: Taro has a naturally mild sweetness, so you may need to adjust the amount of sweetener according to your taste preference

Texture: For an extra creamy texture, you can use full-fat milk or add a splash of heavy cream.

Tea Variations: Experiment with different tea bases like jasmine green tea or oolong tea for a unique flavor twist.

Storage: Store any leftover taro puree in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for longer storage.

Making taro milk tea from scratch is a rewarding process that results in a richer, more authentic flavor compared to using taro powder. With its creamy texture and unique taste, this homemade taro milk tea is sure to become a favorite in your beverage repertoire. Enjoy the process and savor each sip of your delicious creation!

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