India’s Greatest Ritual: Hi, Chai and Chit-Chat

The Chai addiction is one thing and getting to know about various craziness associated with it is another. It covers the hatke stuff about Chai. The process of cultivation and harvesting


Chai! The ultimate companion in every situation. Addiction might be dangerous a few times but one thing we all need to agree is that any addiction takes our heart out and always has a special place in our life. What’s better than our dearest companion called, Chai or tea. But what I have to confess is I’m less of a Chai addict. But I have seen more Chai addicts than alcohol addicts around me. And that’s why I’m here to share some amazing stuff about Chai. I am not going to bore you with the same old benefits and history of chai but I want to share with you some awesome facts and crazy discussion going around the world about the Chai.

Significance Of Chai In Gujarat: Gujarat always had a profound connection with chai or what the Gujaratis call ‘chah’. Apparently, there is something incredible about the decency of this chai.

Our Prime minister Narendra Modi’s high voltage ‘chai pe charcha’ helped in taking tea to centre stage in the lives. Moreover, chai breaks are a popular part of the work culture mostly in the state of Gujarat. Chai is their desi way of having pleasantries and ‘breaking the ice’ while people meet someone initially. What does a Sunday morning in our homes look like? The whole family sitting together and chatting while having milky tea along with staple Gujarati snacks such as papdi, jalebi, gathiya, muthiya and dhokla. And tea provides us with the perfect chance to connect with each other. We often call each other by saying, “ghare chah piva to aavo” & kadak chai is served with a lot more. A morning chai habit in Gujarat is more than just a means of having caffeine to begin the day. TV actor Manasi Parekh Gohil tells living without tea is incomprehensible for her. “My husband is from Bhavnagar, & like all Gujaratis, he is extremely fond of chai. There chai was like an addiction for him and he would get upset if he wouldn’t have his tea.” Near most of the institutes in Gujarat, a chai wala’s thela is a venue for grouping for students. “During my college of engineering, having chai was something I’d always look forward to. For me, it was a time for complete rejuvenation and relaxation. One of my professors would frequently say, ‘A guy who doesn’t drink tea can’t become a mechanical engineer’. It is as when you have to stay awake for long, cups of chai help you stay revived for a long time,” says actor Pratik Gandhi. Cultivation And Harvesting Of Chai: Tea plants are propagated from cuttings and seed; about four to twelve years are required for a plant to bear seed and about 3 years before a new plant is ready to harvest. In addition to a zone 8 climate or warmer, tea plants need at least 127 cm (50 in) of rainfall a year and prefer acidic earth. Many high-quality tea plants are cultivated at altitudes of up to 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level. Though at these heights the plants develop more slowly, they acquire a better flavour. Leaf size is the chief foundation for the distribution of tea plants, with 3 primary classifications being, Assam type, characterised by the largest leaves; China type, characterised by the tiniest leaves; and Cambodian type, characterised by leaves of medium size. The Cambodia type tea was basically considered a type of Assam tea. Though, later genetic work showed that it is a hybrid between Assam type tea and Chinese small leaf tea. Darjeeling tea also appears to be hybrids between Assam type tea and Chinese small leaf tea. A Trendy Tea-Tails, A New Party Choice: The drinks are going so creative and distinctive, too. A hospitality study says ‘tea-tails’ will rise on menus with more foodies pairing beverages and teas. While a tea café at Khar has a Summer Tea Mocktail with black tea and a sour mix, that has South African rooibos and pieces of caramel plus a Mulled tea, which has a core of smoky Darjeeling, blended with cloves, cinnamon, red pepper berries, zesty orange and a few other masalas. Rain And Chai- The Evergreen Connection: Let me share a few types of tea which are so special as it takes your life pleasing to the next level with the rainy atmosphere. 1) Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea was developed by the ancient Egyptians to treat a wide range of ailments. The components in this tea are told to have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also said to alleviate fatigue and is thought of as a remedy for insomnia. 2) Rose tea: Rose tea, prepared by mixing fresh terminal and roses buds, is probably the oldest flavoured teas possible. The tea is known for its detailed taste. It consists of several other benefits. It can beautify the skin, removes toxins & contains vitamins C, D, A, B3, & E. Rose tea also acts as a cure for a sore throat. 3) White tea: This is a fresh and mild tea, one of the limited-processed varieties. It is said to contain 3 times as many antioxidants as green tea. A survey says white tea can preserve skin’s natural collagen, & also how it speeds up the fat-burning procedure. 4) Chrysanthemum tea: Used for medicinal goals, chrysanthemum tea has a naturally sweet taste and a floral aroma. The elements of chrysanthemum tea are vitamin A and C beta-carotene, fibre, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium. It is brewed from the tisane i.e. fresh or dried flowers & foliage, that are steeped in hot water. The chai has infinite health benefits as well. It is said to help reduce blood pressure, cure high cholesterol and can soothe tired eyes because of working for long hours on the computer. 5) Fresh mint tea: One of the most significant exhibitions of this tea is that it can cure stress. Mint could be calming and is said to diminish abdominal pain. Having a little after a meal aids to relax the muscles of the intestinal tract. The tea is refreshing and light. A Distinctive Green Tea, Kahwa: This Kashmiri chai has a sweet tang, and has a number of health gains as well. Kahwa is usually made in a brass kettle called as a samovar, that has a central cavity to place live coals and a space for water and the components to boil. However, today kahwa is made in regular pans by boiling special green tea leaves (different from the usual green tea which you get in the market), powdered cinnamon, sugar & cardamom. For special events, a few saffron (called `kong' in Kashmir) strands are added into it, and the tea is called kong kahwa. These days, you could also use the kahwa tea leaves that are available in tea bags. The chai is coated with the slivers of almond, with no milk into it. The wine-coloured kahwa seems attractive while served in transparent glass mugs or cups. Generally, served after a heavy meal, kahwa is good for the digestive operation and aids in weight loss too. It is also clear sinus. How to get it: Ingredients: Two cups of water,

1-inch piece of cinnamon, ½ tsp Kahwa leaves, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 almonds, 2 cardamom pods, few strands of saffron. Preparation: Put water for boiling in a pan. Add sugar, coarsely crushed cardamom and cinnamon pods. Close with a lid and allow it to boil for two to three minutes. Rub the Kahwa tea leaves between the palms of hand and drop to the boiling water. Boil for a couple of minutes more. Add saffron and then switch off the gas. Let it stay for a minute & serve. Recipe - Kashmiri Noon Chai: Ingredients for Kashmiri Noon Chai: Tea leaves - Three tsp Salt - One tsp Milk - Three cup Water - Two cup Green cardamom - Three Baking soda - 1/4 tbsp How to prepare Kashmiri Noon Chai: Step 1) To prepare this recipe, put a vessel on a moderate flame & boil one cup of water. Drop tea leaves, baking soda, cardamom and whisk it for seven secs. Step 2) Then, drop milk, salt, sugar. Stir it properly and bring it for boiling. Step 3) Lastly, strain the tea in 2 cups & serve hot with any cookies and biscuit of your preference. Recipe - Strawberry Tea Cake: Total Time: 1h 10m Preparation Time: 10m Calories: 409 Servings: 6 Ingredients for Strawberry Tea Cake: all purpose flour - 250 gm baking soda - 1/2 tsp Margarine - 100 gm vanilla extract - one tsp lime juice - 15 ml baking powder - one tsp powdered sugar - 125 gm Egg - two Milk - 250 ml Strawberry - 10 pieces How to prepare Strawberry Chai Cake: Step 1) Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius & make a loaf pan (8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 Inch) by greasing with margarine and dusting with the all-purpose flour. Step 2) Add few drops of lime juice in milk & stir properly. Keep it aside for ten to fifteen minutes. Step 3) Then cut strawberries into half & toss them in one tablespoon sugar. Cover and put beside for 5-10 minutes. Step 4) Sieve & sift all-purpose flour, baking powder & baking soda together twice and put beside. Step 5) Whisk sugar, vanilla extract and margarine together. Drop 1 egg at a time and whisk till mixture is pale and fluffy, around 2-3 minutes. Don’t over mix. Step 6) Stir the milk mixture once again & drop all purpose flour & milk alternately in 3:2 ratio in the egg mixture & mix with the spatula until everything is nicely mixed. The batter must be lump free and smooth. Step 7) Pour the cake batter in previously made loaf pan, soft the surface with a spatula. Step 8) Then take the sugar-coated halved strawberries and arrange them on top of the cake batter. You could add a few sliced strawberries in the batter too if you wish. Discard the sugary water. Step 9) Pop the vessel at the middle rack of preheated oven & bake at 180 degree Celsius for 60-70 mins or till the top has risen and the colour has changed to brown. Step 10) Take a skewer and insert in the centre, if it comes out dry and clean, crumble cake is done; otherwise, bake for another five to ten minutes. Step 11) Remove the pan from oven and keep on the wire rack to cool down lightly. Then unmould and allow the cake to cool at room temperature. Enjoy! Recipe - Chai Cheesecake: Total Time: 30m Preparation Time: 10m Calories: 190 Servings: 3 Ingredients for Chai Cheesecake: toasted green tea powder - five gm powdered green cardamom - 1/2 tsp dried dates - 30 gm Pistachios - 10 gm sunflower seeds - five gm cottage cheese - 100 gm Honey - two tsp Walnuts - 20 gm chia seeds - five gm shredded coconut - 25 gm How to prepare Chai Cheesecake: Step 1) To make this delightful cheesecake dish, take toasted green tea powder along with crumbled cottage cheese in a big bowl along with honey and cardamom powder. Mix thoroughly all the constituents with your hands and set aside for some time in the fridge. Step 2) To produce the base for the cheesecake, grind together dates, pistachios, walnuts, chia, shredded coconut & sunflower seeds in a blender jar until it reaches a dough like consistency. Step 3) Line a cake pan or pie dish with the green tea mix and allow it to set in the fridge for around fifteen minutes. Step 4) Then, bring out the pan from the fridge and spread the nuts stuffing on top evenly. Place the pan in the refrigerator to set for some time. When done, slice and serve instantly. I hope you all went through some unknown information and trivia surrounded by Chai which makes you happier and my tribute to it gets successful. It should only increase the fondness towards it.


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