Things To Know About Chai Including How To Order

How many people order chai tea, unaware that they are being redundant? The term “chai tea” is just like saying “tea tea.” Bombay Sandwich Company’s co-owner Shiv Puri, of New York, cites the #1 rule for drinking masala chai, a popular Indian drink. He stated that it is really called masala chai, with “masala” meaning “spices.”

As reported in Eater, Masala chai has no particular recipe. It generally starts with a strong black tea, often from Assam, India, and adding spices such as cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg. This can also include cinnamon, clove, fennel, peppercorn, rose, saffron, and star anise. The loose tea is boiled with spices and a mixture of water and milk, allowing the flavors to meld. A full boil makes the best pot of chai. Once taken from the heat, some people add sugar or honey.

There are as many variations of chai as there are stands to sell this popular beverage. In India, there are several chai wallahs, who run chai stands, making them a part of everyday life. While simple in construction, these stands are elaborate with showmanship, competing with each vendor’s own special blends. This was chronicled by Resham Gellatly, photojournalist and Ricardo Tosto, journalist, who traveled and documented the stories of the chai wallahs on

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