Tea varieties in India

Tea varieties in India

Apart from cricket, chai ki chuski is something that joins India together. Breakfast or evening snacks, tea is the ultimate companion of Indians. From Ladakh to Andaman, you can find this liquid gold anywhere in India.

But the shocking fact is that this Staple drink of India was never considered as a beverage up until the early 20th century.

Earlier written records show that tea was initially used as herbal medicine in China. It is believed that tea reached India with Chinese traders through the silk route. The British East India Company introduced tea production, popularised tea consumption in India, in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly on tea. large scale commercial tea production began in Assam in the early 1820s

Today India is one of the largest tea producers in the world and the largest consumer of tea also. Chai is now that golden drink that we live by. Europeans were the first to add milk and sugar to the tea until then it was just boiling water with tea leaves but Indians enhanced it to the next level and adopt it as their own. From Kashmir’s noon chai to Mumbai’s cutting chai India has a limitless variety of tea.

Here are the 10 most popular tea delicacy of India which you must try

Masala chai

Most preferred tea during monsoon and winter. It is believed that it keeps the body warm and breaks up blocked sinuses.

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Masala tea is a mixture of spices brewed along with aromatic Indian spices and herbs such as green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg star anise. You can add or avoid any spice as per your preference. you’ll find a million different versions of the same tea, but the foundation of this golden liquid remains the same.

Noon chai

Also called shir chai, gulabi chai is a traditional drink of Kashmir. Originated in this beautiful valley this creamy, buttery chai is like a milk dessert made with gunpowder tea, milk, and baking soda, the magical aroma of cardamom and saffron, and a nutty crunch intensifies its fineness. known to cure digestive ailments this refreshment is a boon in the chilling winters of Kashmir.

Po cha

Po cha or butter tea is known by a variety of names. popular among the Himalayan regions such as Bhutan, Nepal, India, Tibet, and the republic of china is an unexpected bomb of surprise. Salty and creamy po cha’s main ingredients are tea leaves, butter, salt and tastes best with yak’s milk and yak’s butter. Due to its high-calorie content, it is very beneficial in the cold climate of Ladakh. It is warming, boosts energy, increase cognitive function, and prevents chapped lips.

Tandoori Chai

With refined smoky flavors, this chai is worth loving. From an old traditional tea to a new trending beverage, tandoor has twisted the story of regular masala chai. masala chai is poured in a hot smoking clay pot making it refreshing tandoori chai. oozing tea holds the smokey flavor making it richer and tastier. Just like masala tea, it is good for health and also for chic clicks.

Bombay Cutting Chai

Pride of tapri or chai stalls of Mumbai, cutting chai is the love of every Mumbaikar. Simmered along strong, fine quality CTC tea grains and aromatic Indian spices - cardamom & ginger are generally served in a special small-sized glass. Less in quantity but enough to refresh your senses. In the hustle-bustle of Mumbai, this chai gives peace for a moment. 

Kashmiri kahwa

It is a traditional green tea in Kashmir. Boiled green tea leaves with infused flavors of, cardamom pods, saffron, cinnamon bark, and Kashmiri roses. Prepared in the copper kettle, samovar. It is served with sugar or honey and garnished with nuts, almonds, and peanuts, it has many health benefits and a great energy booster. Helpful in boosting immunity it is a healthy and tasty beverage.

Black tea

Made from the leaves of a bush called Camellia sinensis it originated in China where it is popularly known as red tea. It is a strong tea and oxidation turns its leaves from green to a dark brownish-black color.  

Just add tea leaves and sugar to water and let it simmer and your black tea is ready to serve. stronger in flavor, this tea is like a bonus for fitness freaks. it can give a wake-up punch to your lazy mornings.it contains caffeine. It has many health benefits it lowers “bad” LDL Cholesterol, Improves Gut Health, Helps Reduce Blood Pressure, the Risk of Stroke, Blood Sugar Levels, and the Risk of Cancer.

Tulsi tea

This Herbal tea has a significant place in Ayurveda. popular due to its Antiviral and soothing properties. Comforting and refreshing at the same time, It is very beneficial in monsoon allergies. Tulsi tea is a blessing in certain respiratory illnesses ranging from cold and cough to bronchitis and asthma. The main ingredients used are tulsi leaves and lemon.

Irani chai

Irani chai is the most popular beverage in Irani cafes. Addition of mawa or khoya, and spices like green cardamom and cinnamon in tea results in creamy milky and sweetly delicious Irani chai. This Persian-influenced tea is generally served with Osmania biscuits, lukhmi, tie biscuits, fine biscuits, and even sweet cream. It is good for skin, bone, and teeth health and in many other ailments.

Sulemani chai

Believed to have Arabic origins it fits perfectly in any day. Very popular in Kerala this sweet-sour tea is made from black tea usually, and served without any milk. Perfect sulemani tea is pure golden in color with sugar and daub of lemon. Found to be very helpful in lowing and many other ailments.

Tea is a binding force holding families together. From generation to generation it is the center of socializing and getting together for gossips.

From railway stations to 5star hotels it has paved its way in everyone’s heart. A yawn in the morning or in the dawn tea is the best way to refresh yourself. It is more than a beverage it is an emotion, a feeling. So why not sit back, relax, and have a cup of tea in this lockdown.