Glimpse of India – “One Masala Chai Please”

“One Masala Chai Please”

“One Masala Chai Please”. I turned my head to see who the girl with the western accent was. It was normal for me to get astonished because ‘Masala Chai’ is a Hindi phrase and she seemed to be from an English-speaking region.
The girl with golden hair and blue eyes had got up from her chair and asked the waiter for our desi ‘Masala Chai’! It was a group of 10-12 foreign tourists who had checked in the same hotel where we were already staying. Hot Masala Chai was served and we could inhale the soothing aroma of the richly decocted tea. A luxury hotel where we go to enjoy delicacies from around the world, the world is here enjoying our desi Masala tea! I’m proud of India’s traditional tea🙏

How to make Masala Chai☕

Masala Chai is a decoction of various herbs and spices when boiled in water. Traditional Masala Chai requires the following ingredients:

Cinnamon,
Green Cardamom,
Cloves,
Ginger,
Black peppercorn,
Milk (You can make one without milk too)
And of course Black tea leaves!

(PS- The ingredients are not fixed, every home prepares its own version of Masala Chai)

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In our home, we make masala chai by boiling green cardamom pods, cinnamon stick and grated ginger in water till water reduces to half its volume. Tea leaves are boiled along to get the required colour and most importantly, the flavour. Milk and sugar are added to taste. Ah! The pleasure of sipping a hot flavoured Masala Chai!:)

Today they sell instant tea in tea-bags and powdered mixtures to prepare masala chai in a jiffy, but you can’t beat the original decocted version.

Fun facts:

1) The term ‘Chai’ originated from Mandarin Chinese word for tea 茶 chá.

2) ‘Tea’ word in English came from Hokkien Chinese word tê and the Hindustani word “chai”.

3) Masala meaning spices. The benefits of Masala chai include prevention from cold and flu, aid in digestion and proven anti-inflammatory properties.

4) Masala Chai is famous all over the world and is served in Coffee and Tea Houses as ‘Chai Latte’ meaning tea with milk.

Indians’ romance with ‘Masala Chai’ is a long story that has perfected strength and aroma with time❤

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Deboshree says:

    Ooh! I am not a tea-person but this post made me crave a cup. Beautifully penned 🙂

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    1. Dinesh says:

      Written Beautifully …….

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      1. aditi says:

        Thanks Dinesh 🙏

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    2. aditi says:

      Tea is love 😍

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  2. Sonia Chatterjee says:

    Dekho masala tea is love though for me coffee is Bae. But when you post such things, people like me have no option but to walk to the kitchen and make that cup of masala chai.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      I’m a self-confessed tea lover and wrote the article with the same शिद्दत 😃

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  3. vartikasdiary1 says:

    And I’m reading this while having my morning tea.

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    1. aditi says:

      And I’m having my evening tea while replying 😊 Cheers to our tea-love!

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      1. vartikasdiary1 says:

        Hehe cheers

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  4. Rashi Roy says:

    You have touched the right chords! Chai is emotion 😁 can’t live without it

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    1. aditi says:

      Absolutely😃😃

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  5. My Words My Wisdom says:

    I am a complete Tea lover, any time of the day and night I can have masala chai. You have won heart with this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Ujjwal, means a lot:)

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  6. Jyotirmoy Sarkar says:

    “Masala Chai” have heard it numerous numbers of times but never tried, it really surprising why not coz i am tea lover,ok, so now i am gonna make it myself after reading this post.
    Interesting info about Chai.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Adràk ilaichi wali chai to you must be aware of 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  7. darshanasbh says:

    I need my cup right now….
    that’s your post left me with the option…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Hahaha…. And I’m feeling like a host serving Masala Chai to all visitors☕

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  8. vidhya29 says:

    Oh yes, masala chai is love. specially maa ke haath ki chai

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Ooh! Maa ke haath ki chai has no equal❤️

      Like

  9. Sanjota Purohit says:

    Love for Chai is unconditional. It has become part of our life.

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    1. aditi says:

      No doubt 😍

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  10. Varsh says:

    I love masala chai! There was a time when I had it 2-3 times a day but have now cut down to one strong cup every morning. Nothing more refreshing than its taste and aroma.

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  11. jayanthi6 says:

    I am a coffee lover but I am tempted to make a cup of masala chai now! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Hehe…. cheers to the tempt❤️

      Liked by 1 person

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