Make These 8 Chai Types in India Your Cup of Tea
For one part of the world, tea may be just a beverage but for Indians, it’s a feeling, an emotion, a painkiller, stress buster, fuel for the body and an opportunity to strengthen existing bonds and make new ones – all rolled into one cup of tea. Maybe that's why we have so much variety in the types of teas to choose from India. Whatever your mood, there’s a type of tea that you can have. This International Tea Day let us learn a little bit more about the types of tea in India other than our all-time favourite Masala Chai, and where to relish them at their best.
This golden-coloured tea is one of the most consumed forms of tea in the Southern Malabar coast of India. Suleimani Chai is served without milk and has a sweet and sour taste with few drops of lemon added to it along with a garnish of mint leaves. A cup of Suleimani chai also helps with digestive issues, making it the perfect after-meal drink. So, enjoy your meals with Sulimai Chai at the Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, Poovar and Alleppey.
This tea is one of the strongest teas out of all the other variants. Its tea leaves are originally black in colour. Black tea is brewed occasionally on high, medium and low flame giving it a dark red colour. It is served without milk. A cup of black tea also comes with health benefits such as boosting the immune system, acting as a mouth freshener and nourishing the skin among others. So, enjoy the hot sips of Black tea at our resorts in Sikkim and Darjeeling.
Tandoori Chai is a twist on Kulhad chai. Kulhad is baked in large metal drums called tandoor until it reaches a very high temperature. The milky tea is then poured in the tandoori kulhad until the tea starts sizzling. This gives the chai an earthy, slightly burnt and smoky flavour which you can savour at Club Mahindra Mahabaleshwar and Hatgad
Originated in China, Green tea has gained popularity in recent years, owing to its health benefits as it helps in detoxifying the body and reduces obesity. It is termed as one of the healthiest beverages and is widely available packed in tea bags. So, enjoy the dip and sip your green tea at our resorts in Darjeeling & Gangtok.
Lemon tea is brewed in boiling water with lemon, honey and ginger. The tea is served hot with no milk. On one hand, honey gives it a sweet taste while on the other hand lemon gives the concoction a slightly sour taste while ginger adds a little bit of spice in the mix. The combination of the three makes Lemon tea a tangy and soothing hot drink which you can enjoy amidst the beauty of our Darjeeling, Assam & Sikkim resorts.
Nagori Chai is a specialty from Rajasthan’s Nagaur region. This type of tea is made with fresh cow milk directly sourced from cow stables. As a result, Nagori Chai is milkier than other types of Indian tea. It is also sweeter and uses lesser condiments and spices compared to other types of teas. So, dont forget to take a sip of the famous Nagori Chai at any of our resorts in Rajasthan.
Irani cafés have their own unique twist on most dishes, including the humble Indian tea. Irani Chai is characterized by the addition of mawa or khoya to Black Tea. Some Irani cafés might add spices such as basil or cinnamon too. This type of tea is quite creamy and sugary and a delight for those with a sweet tooth. You can savour the sweet taste of Irani Chai at the resorts of Virajpet and Madikeri.
Noon Chai is the best tea you’ve never heard of, until now! This tea comes from the valleys of Kashmir. It’s also called Pink Tea or Gulabi Chai and is made with green tea leaves, milk, baking soda and salt (noon translates to salt in Kashmiri language). Usually cooked in a samovar (a type of metal container), the baking soda gives this tea its distinctive pink colour. Indeed, the one thing that unites all Kashmiris is their love for Noon Chai. You can fall in love with the Noon Chai too at Club Mahindra’s associate properties - RK Sarovar & Kashmir House boat.
Tea is considered as an ideal companion in India. Do you feel the same? Have you tried any of these tea types in India mentioned above? Which is your favourite tea? Let us know in the comment box.
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