Traditional Indian Masala Chai ('spiced tea') is an aromatic, lightly sweetened milk tea, brewed by decoction and consumed by millions of people every day.
It harks back to Ayurvedic medicinal practices, and has been used for thousands of years to promote health and well-being, creating harmony both in the body and on the palate. Read more about the health benefits of chai here.
Masala chai usually contains black tea, fresh ginger, spices, milk and jaggery, however there are infinite variations including caffeine, dairy and sugar free options.
The spices used vary from region to region, household to household, season to season and chaiwallah to chaiwallah, but commonly include ginger, cardamom, cinnamon & black pepper.
The chaiwallah ('tea maker') generally makes chai to order, and serves it in a small hand-thrown clay cup. This steaming brew of wonder has miraculous powers, not least the ability to instantly erase the horrors of a bone-shaking all-night train journey in cattle class... This moment of blissful arriving in the Now and merging with the Infinite satisfies body and soul!
The chaiwallah is to Indians what the cab driver is to New Yorkers; the universal leveller that traverses boundaries and castes, chai is often said to 'oil the wheels of India'.
In recent years chai has seen an explosive growth in the West as people begin to look for healthier and more satisfying alternatives to coffee. This has led to the proliferation of powder, syrup and premix 'chai latte' products, all attempting to capture the flavours of chai but short-cut the making of it. Unfortunately in the process not only the essence but also the health benefits of chai have been lost. We are here to rectify that!
We believe good things take time, and quality always wins over quantity. There is nothing more satisfying than making chai from scratch and it only takes a few minutes.
Become the doer of the task. Become a chaiwallah, discover and experience the ritual of making your own chai the traditional way - it will spoil you for anything else!