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Chai - spicy tea enjoyment from India

Masala Chai is considered the national drink in India. The word masala stands for mixture - in this context to be understood as a mixture of spices. Chai is translated as tea, so Masala Chai describes a tea with a blend of spices. This always includes milk and sugar.

Originally, black tea was mainly used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian healing art. When the British East India Company advanced the cultivation in Assam and exported it to Great Britain, the Indian Tea Association was formed, which also wanted to spread tea as a pleasure drink in India. This was promoted, among other things, by the initiative that encouraged workplaces at the time to offer their employees tea breaks. As a result, the tea was drunk more frequently and people in India began to drink it outside of work. The preparation kept changing.

At first it was drunk the British way, with a little sugar and milk added. But soon more and more milk and additional spices found their way into the popular drink. From this infusion of tea and the subsequent refinement with milk and spices, a wide variety of variants have been developed. One of the methods of preparation that is still popular today is that the tea is prepared together with the spices in a mixture of water and milk.

The spread of chai tea

The Masala Chai spread from India all over the world. The spiced tea is very popular in Qatar and East Africa, for example, where it is drunk with a lot of milk and spices, similar to the Indian method of preparation. In Europe and America, the chai has also gained popularity. Here the tea is often infused directly with the spices. You can experience this full-bodied taste, for example, with our loose chai teas from 5 CUPS or the playful chai tea blends of our country teas. The addition of milk to the chai is also given a new name outside of Asia and Africa: Chai Latte! If you feel like this milky-spicy pleasure, try our Chai Latte capsules for the TEALOUNGE system. That tastes like a little vacation in between.

There is no such thing as one chai recipe. Rather, every family has its own preparation, so that every tea tastes a little different from house to house. Typical spices are star anise, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom; fennel seeds, pepper, chilli, cloves and many other spices are also popular.

In the west of India, however, cloves and pepper are deliberately avoided. Different regions also use different milk, traditionally water buffalo milk is used almost everywhere in India, and goat milk is preferred in the northeast. In Europe and America, cow, almond and soy milk are very popular. What and how much the chai is sweetened with also varies. Every type of sugar is used for this, including honey, agave syrup or syrup. The tea drinker is often free to sweeten his tea himself.

Try your own mix of chai. Brew your favorite TEEKANNE tea, get your spices out and experiment. Everything that you like is allowed in Masala Chai.