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It’s the season of wet and rainy. Bring out the umbrellas, the raincoats, and the flip-flops. Bring out the soup tureens, the ginger remedies, and the honey. Most of all, bring out the pakoras and the chai. Nothing goes better with a drizzle than a steaming cup of tea. Nothing!
So here’s to five different cups of the good old brew — this post is dedicated to an Indian favorite — chai!
You may not know it but you’ve been having tisanes for years! Your grandmom made them for you since you were a little child. How come? Tisanes are herbal teas… so, if you had ginger kadha with honey and pepper, well, you had a tisane!
Nowadays they come in tea bags and in the most delish of flavors — rosehip, chamomile, lavender, nettles, lemongrass, and myriad others. Dip, dip, dip and go on take a sip! Ah!!!!!
A wonderful digestive, brimming with antioxidants and so light and soothing, any time but especially after a meal. Green tea is the stuff that the Chinese swear by … and we think they do know what they’re raving about!
Again, green tea (which is tea not processed into black tea), comes in many different varieties and flavors. We love the dried flowers and buds of jasmine that are added to our favorite jasmine green tea. Its fragrance just seeps into our afternoons and perks us up no end.
From the forests and mountains of the Malabar region comes this version of black tea — no milk but a generous dash of various spices, lemon, and sugar. A strong nod here to the Arab traders of yore who frequented this coast in search of spice and other such treasures.
Usually had in a glass or tall, glass cup, this is tasty, tasty tea from the land of chai and spices— Kerala. Supposed to be great after a heavy meal, we find it simply yum any time!
From the land of ‘Koi Hai?’ and uniformed bearers, that last bastion of the British Raj — Bengal — comes the delicately flavoured Darjeeling tea. One of the most prized and expensive teas in the world.
Served in tea trays lined with embroidered tray clothes and serviettes, accompanied by thin, thin, thin cucumber sandwiches and ginger biscuits, this tea makes for an unforgettable cup, when brewed right. Ideally a drop of milk and a spot of sugar are all that are allowed in a fine cup of Darjeeling. We love ours in fine bone china, complete with silver tea spoon and that gentle tinkle.
Robust, spiced up with dried ginger, cardamom and pepper, this version of Indian tea, called Masala Chai, packs a solid punch. It’s a monsoon staple and can get rid of stuffy sinuses, a running nose as well as the beginnings of a cough as fast as you can drink a few cups.
Best had in those little clay cups made by the local potters — disposable, biodegradable and complementing the amazing petrichor of the season’s first showers with its own earthy flavour. We recommend this highly.
Setting the mood…
Enjoy the magical Indian monsoon, fortified by a wonderful cuppa, guaranteed to cure all woes and bring on a smile….
What’s the monsoon without the right hues to complement that wonderful cuppa… choose from these specially curated styles, and look like you’re to the manor born….while you sip your preferred magic brew.
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