Chai, also known as masala chai, is a highly aromatic and flavourful tea that originated in India. It is a spiced tea blend made by combining black tea with a variety of spices, typically including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black peppercorns. The result is a warming and invigorating beverage that offers a harmonious balance of bold tea flavours and aromatic spices.
In India, chai holds a special place in the daily lives of people. It is commonly consumed throughout the day, often served hot and accompanied by milk and sweetener, such as sugar or honey. The preparation of chai involves simmering the tea leaves, spices, and water together, then adding milk and sweetener to create a rich and creamy brew. The spices used in chai are believed to have numerous health benefits and are known for their soothing and digestive properties.