Tea of India – Chai

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 4 comments

Chai is the common equalizer in India – from the rich to the poor. No matter what their position in life, an Indian relishes a cup of tea. The rich ones have their tea served in fancy tea-pots, delicate porcelain cups on well laid out tables with cookies and pastries. The not-so-affluent have it in more humble settings. But the joy and satisfaction is the same.

A good cup of chai is the answer to body aches, headaches and the morning blues.

Call it “Chai” or “Choi” or “Cha” or “Tea” the joy of having chai is awesome.

Ingredients for 2 cups of chai (tea)

1 tsp black tea (use 2 tsp if stronger tea is desired)

1 tsp Lemon Grass (Leeli Chai) leaves washed and finely chopped

1 tsp Mint leaves washed and finely chopped

1 cup water

1 cup milk


Boil water, lemon grass and mint (see video)

Add milk (see video)

Make the Ukaro (see video)

Pour into cups and enjoy piping hot.

Chai with Lemon grass + Mint

I am curious why some Parsis say “choi” instead of “chai” (tea) ?

Rita Jamshed Kapadia

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Jan 1, 2020, 8:41 pm

My 2 cents – Parsis being immigrants from Persia to India and spread out learnt the language but kept the pronounciation that came with the original persian tongue. Rita


Jan 1, 2020, 8:33 pm

Chai pronunciation Choi
Bhai pronounced as bhi
Kyare avya…pronounced as Kore aaya
Many such words…..where a pronounced as o
But why ?…..I also want to know

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Feb 2, 2019, 12:41 pm

A perfect cup of tea! I can’t wait to try this out! Thank you for sharing your delicious cup of goodness with us over at Fiesta Friday!