Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chai, the cup that cheers

The world may know it as “tea”, but in it’s country of origin, chai has a tradition all its own. None of that “light-tea”, or “black-tea” nonsense. The only way to prepare chai is by boiling a pot containing milk, water, tea-leaves and sugar on a high flame.
Want to make it extra special? Throw in cardamom seeds, ginger slices or basil leaves (or all three) into the masala chai before bringing it to boil.
From the guy selling vegetables from the footpath, to the ladies gossipping after finishing their chores, chai is the closest thing to heaven for everyone.

There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described.  In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a  drabble of exactly 100 words.


Liwi said...

That sounds so delicious...I've loved Chai for years now but I hope someday I get to taste an original Indian Chai!

I'm also doing the A to Z Challenge! http://trifleslifles.blogspot.de/

baygirl32 said...

that sounds delicious

I love ginger

Happy A to Z!

Jacqueline Howett said...

I think I will try that! It will be a good way to use my big piece of ginger.

Thanks for the Chai!

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - I've had chai and it is deeelicious! Did you know that chai (חַי ) is the Hebrew word for life? For people who love chai, that's probably not surprising...

Stephanie V said...

Chai with basil...now that sounds delicious and unusual. Chai is my favorite way to drink tea. I do like it a little less sweet than most, though.

Cheree Smith said...

I love Chai tea. I always try to start the day with a nice hot cup.

Iliadfan said...

Great theme for the month! I miss living in a place where people spoke several languages.

I rediscovered tea last year after several years of coffee drinking. Maybe it's time for me to branch out and try different types...

Jemi Fraser said...

I love Chai tea, but I've never tried it that way!! Sounds great :)

Chuck said...

I too am a fan of chai but doubt I've had it the right way. Someday perhaps.

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Chai tea is delightful!!


Timothy Brannan said...

My wife loves Chai. I like it too, but she really loves it.

Now I need to find some. The best was at our local Border's book store, but that is now gone.

I am trying to read all the A to Z blogs, but coming back to the ones I really like.
Looking forward to seeing what you do all month!

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