Chai or tea is an important part of various people’s lives, especially for us Indians. Our day is incomplete without a good cup of tea, and having Pakodas with Chai is like a ritual for us. So this one is dedicated to the chai lovers out there, here are the top 10 types of chai that will surely make your day.
1. Masala Chai
Masala Chai is nothing but the flavored tea, that is created by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic herb and spices. It has originated from the Indian Subcontinent, over the years it has gained immense popularity not only in Asia but around the world. Mostly cardamom, black peppercorn, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon are used to make it. Other terms used for this aromatic beauty is chai latte or chai tea latte.
2. Ginger chai
Ginger Chai is made by infusing ginger in the normal Chai. It is very simple to make, but its benefits are endless such as relieves nausea, boosts immunity, reduces inflammation, improves stomach performance, relieves stress, and much more. And it will be a sin if I do not mention its aromatic flavor and taste so good that it will instantly give you a fresh feeling.
3. Elaichi Chai
Elaichi Chai is yet another Chai variant to have been originated from the Indian Subcontinent. Whether its a rainy day or a wintery afternoon you can have elaichi chai whenever you want. It is simply created, by infusing cardamom in our basic Chai. Every Indian household has their own way of making this royal Chai. It helps in curing stomach problems, flushing out all toxin substances, and boost metabolism.
4.Bombay Cutting Chai
Streets of Bombay look incomplete without a cutting chai stall. You arent a true Mumbaikar if you haven’t tried this. In short words, it is a strong blend of milk, tea grains, and Indian spices. So if you feel lazy to go out and have this, you can prepare it at home. But it will definitely lack the magic of the Bombay streets. It has a strong, and crisp taste, something you can never forget.
5. Kashmiri Kahwa
Kashmiri Kahwa is an interesting variant of Chai, found majorly in the Kashmir region of India. To be more specific, it is a traditional green tea type, also consumed in the hilly regions. The traditional way to make this is by boiling green tea leaves and mixing it with some saffron strands. Over the years, various variations have been introduced, people add more flavor to pack more aroma in the cup of tea.
6. Sulaimani Chai
Sulaimani chai, is said to be enjoyed by Prophet Mohammed that is why it is named Sulaimani, it is an Arabic word that means man of peace. It is a sweet-sour tea made from black tea, and usually served without milk. Other ingredients added to it are a dash of lemon, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon.
7. Tulsi Chai
Tulsi Chai is made, by blending tulsi with our Classic cup of tea, you can have it with or without milk. There are several health benefits such as it prevents respiratory disorder, beats stress, regulates blood sugar level, maintains dental health, and excellent for arthritis patients. It has a strong aroma, if tulsi is used in larger quantity, it may even taste bitter.
8. Kaali Chai
Kaali Chai, also referred to as black tea, is made by simply fusing tea leaves with water, and people even prefer to add sugar and other aromatic ingredients. It is tea without the addition of milk, it is stronger, bolder, and richer, and its flavor profile can range from savory to sweet. Furthermore, it boosts heart health, reduces the risk of cancer, lowers blood sugar levels, decreases the risk of stroke, and much more.
9. Tandoor Chai
Tandoor Chai has existed for a long period, but it has become immensely popular over the past few years. The method to make this is very complex, an earthen cup is placed in a hot tandoor after few minutes of sweet milky tea is filled into it. Its smoky, earthy notes are extremely pleasing, you will become a complete fan trust me.
10. Irani Chai
Irani Chai is a very unique form of Chai, unlike another Indian variant. It is created, by the addition of Mawa or khoya to black tea. The end product is delicious, sweet, and creamy chai, probably the most authentic type. You can even add spices such as cardamom and cinnamon in it. Served in any of the Irani cafes, so what are you waiting for, sip it now!