“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:
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)
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.
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❤