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Different ‘Chai’ tales across the country

Jun 26, 2020

“Life is like a cup of tea, It’s all in how you make it”. 

Languages blend, boundaries fade, and cultures meet over a cup of tea. Whether you are sipping your tea from a clay pot (kulhad) or fancy porcelain mugs, a steaming cup of aromatic tea is all you need to kickstart your day on a positive note. Tea is the elixir of life that supports most of us throughout the day. Recipes for tea vary across continents, cultures and towns and every household tells a different unique story. 

We have compiled a list of the popular types of chai across India:

Masala Chai:
Infused with Indian fragrant flavours, Masala Tea is one of the most enjoyed beverages among Indians especially during monsoon and winters. Classic Masala Chai is made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs such as cardamom, clove, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Whether it’s full cream, half milk or no milk, this beverage is loaded with nutrients and health benefits. Consumption of Masala Chai helps in relieving stress, boosting your immunity, and has anti-inflammatory effects that helps in relieving aches and pains and improving blood circulation. Originating in the Indian subcontinent, Masala Tea has gained worldwide popularity.

Kashmiri Kahwa: Originating from Kashmir, the traditional Kahwa tea is an amazing combination of taste, aroma and an array of health benefits. Known to be a part of the Himalayan Valley cuisine since ages, an ideal Kashmiri Kahwa consists of Kashmiri green tea leaves, saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves along with dried fruits such as cherries, apples, raisins, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, dried apricots or dates. Traditionally prepared in a brass kettle called ‘Samovar’, this drink is known for its numerous health benefits such as improves digestion, helps in burning fats, improves immunity and a perfect home remedy for cold, sore throat and chest congestion. This mild aromatic drink is perfect to cheer you up and to make you feel more energized.

Sulaimani Chai: An ambrosial tea full of fresh flavours, Sulaimani Chai is famous primarily in Southern India. Brewed to a lovely shade of amber, Sulaimani Chai is made without milk. Also, known as ‘Ghava’ or ‘Kattan Chaya’, this black tea is made up of cardamom, ginger and infused with a zesty dose of lemon and fresh herby aromas of mint or basil.    Traditionally, it is served after a heavy meal as Sulaimani Chai is believed to help in digestion. Similar to this, Kolkata has its very own spiced lemon tea or ‘Lebu Cha’, which is made up of brewed tea leaves with a dash of lemon juice and chaat masala.

Tulsi Chai: A traditional and classic drink of India, Tulsi (Basil) leaves are blended with organic spices such as cardamom, cloves, ginger and cinnamon to make this uplifting hot beverage. Known for its health benefits, you can have it as a steeped tea or make classic tea by mixing hot milk and sweetener. This spicy aromatic drink is believed to strengthen the immune system and helps in relieving stress. The ideal time to consume is said to be in the morning. Having a sip of Tulsi Tea during monsoon helps in keeping all seasonal allergies at bay.

Ronga Saah: This liquor tea is popular in Assam, commonly called ‘Lal Cha’, because of the colour being red. Usually prepared without milk or spices, it is considered to be a mild beverage and can only be made with specific tea varieties found in the state. Ronga Saah serves as an antioxidant, preventing cold, cough and flu and boosts immunity of the body. Consumption Ronga Saah can help in prevention of heart related ailments and respiratory disorders.

Po Cha - Tibetan Butter Tea: Have you ever put butter into tea? Putting two tablespoons of butter in your tea can help in increasing energy levels, controlling diabetes, and aiding digestion. By tradition, it is made from tea leaves, yak butter, water, and salt. However, owing to availability and lower cost, butter made from cow's milk is increasingly used nowadays. This tea is from the Himalayan region, particularly popular in Tibet, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

Noon Chai: A perfect mix of milk, salt and baking soda, the Noon chai has thick creamy buttery texture and a salty taste. As per Kashmiri tradition, noon chai is refreshing in the heat and resists cold during winters. It is believed to have digestive properties because of soda bicarbonate content. Originated in Pakistan and popular in Kashmir, this tea is pink in colour and gives a soothing taste. But how does it turn pink? The colour comes from adding a pinch of baking soda which is known to react with the tea and turn it crimson red. The red colour transforms into a beautiful pink texture on adding milk.

Irani Chai: One of the specialties of Hyderabad, Irani chai is a unique form of tea unlike any other version of Indian chai, made by the addition of mawa or khoya to black tea. The slow brewing of cinnamon and green cardamom gives the perfect tea decoction and aromatic flavour. Serve this creamy textural tea with Fruitcake cookies, Jeera biscuits or Khara biscuits to complement your breezy evenings.

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So, the next time you hold a cup of chai, remember you're holding an emotion! 


User Comment Pradeep Gupta 7/4/2020 9:50:31 PM

Irani chai 😍🤩

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User Comment Tonmoy Bora 7/6/2020 11:51:09 AM

So nicely written and great information on multiple chai types

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