C is for Chai

More than half my life, I have been a coffee person. That earthy, nutty aromatic waft eludes my senses with its bitter, tobacco like taste; instantly kicking in energy onto this gray matter with every sip.

Well, but this post isn’t about coffee though. It’s about the humble beverage Chai – translated Tea which was discovered by the Chinese and introduced to India by the British.

Years ago, I adapted into this Chai person because my concerned partner wouldn’t allow me to touch coffee since I was on homeopathic medications and strong flavours such as coffee would interfere with the treatment. And so I began drinking chai to restore my regular intake of caffeine. I had particularly developed a penchant towards ginger chai and masala chai.

While, I was in Mumbai struggling as just another job hunter, I discovered the Cutting Chai! Along the streets of the City That Never Sleeps, I came across this tapri aka tea stall, which offered freshly brewed hot chai flavoured with Indian spices, poured in these engraved shot glasses in quantity of just about a few sips, enough to give you that needed boost. It was then that I realized how the name cutting chai came to existence.

Chai has now become an important daily ritual – every morning and evening a cup full of hot chai equips me to face the storms of the day!

7 thoughts on “C is for Chai

  1. I sometimes drink chai tea lattes — there is a savory-ness to the flavor of chai that makes it appealing on its own or with non-sweet meals (i.e., can be tastily imbibed alongside sandwiches or dinner menu items) in a way that coffee is not.

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  2. I’ve had some really good chai lattes. It’s a decent alternative to coffee.

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