Hot, hot chai! Garam, garam chai!
It’s the call of the chai wallah, the one who sells freshly brewed chai on the streets of India. Amongst the cacophony of smells, you can identify it—the exotic spices, the bold black tea… that’s what’s really calling you over.
Will you heed the call of chai? Which chai will entice you today?
Although the word “chai” merely means “tea” in India, the term has generally come to mean a black tea spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and / or black pepper and seasoned with milk (or milk substitute) and sugar (or equivalent). Some chais are made with a different tea base (such as Rooibos or Yerba Maté) and some chaos contain different spices (such as star anise or fennel seeds), but the basic idea remains the same—a spiced tea blend that’s great with milk and sugar. Welcome to the world of chai!