Is chai safe to drink in India?
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#1
| Member

Is chai safe to drink in India?

i know the water is boiled for tea but what about the milk? is it ok to drink after it’s been boiled?

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#2
| Loud Noisy Bird
Yes the milk is boiled, otherwise it wouldn't make chai.

Be more concerned about the cleanliness of cups and glasses etc, or get a throw-away paper cup. Just drink it from a reasonably clean-looking place. If you've eaten the food there, don't worry about the tea!
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#3
| Maha Guru Member

is chai safe to drink in india?

Safe in what way. Once it has been boiled for a while should be ok. Sounds like you are worried a lot about your India visit. Better to stay home and reduce your worries.
#4
| Maha Guru Member
I think it is reasonable to ask questions about food safety when visiting India, I know I have :D

Some folk are nervous travellers, but better to travel with anxieties than not at all, methinks?

Because the milk is boiled up with the water, it should be safe to drink. I assume that is the reason behind chai making in the first place?

Talking about clean cups, etc, reminded me of our first visit to India back in 1983. Aboard a train, a chai guy is coming through, he is rinsing each glass after use in a rather dodgy looking bucket of water, before refilling. We decided to hand him our pristine steel drinking cups to be filled instead. Guy "kindly" rinses them in his bucket before filling with chai. We survived... :D

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#5
| Maha Guru Member
Love the thumb in the cup to carry it..
#6
| Reset, yes please.
I recall reading once that incidents throat cancer among drinkers black tea with milk in India was less than drinkers of plain black tea in China. This was due to the proteins in the milk binding with the tannin from the tea, instead of the tannin binding to the tissues in the throat. Tannin in more concentrated form is used in the curing of leather.
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#7
| ElderS
From my limited experience the danger of chai comes not from the possibility of bacterial contamination but from the certainty that it will scald your mouth and throat
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#8
| Humble Genius
It appears that years and years of my instructions have done no good to your upbringing...
#9
| The Silent One
Just to let the OP know that the above was a very well directed backhanded observation to the post above it!

You can trust these two to spice up the threads! (Poor OP will be wondering what he has got to do with the exchanges that are bound to follow!!)
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#10
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: hfot2 View Post

From my limited experience the danger of chai comes not from the possibility of bacterial contamination but from the certainty that it will scald your mouth and throat


That's what the saucer's for!

https://19thct.com/2014/01/12/drinking-from-saucers/

#11
| Senior Member
I agree -- chai is safe, but utensils may not be. Carry your own lidded to-go cup. (Also better for the environment.) Every eatery has a handwashing sink of some sort where you can clean it.
Someplace there is a great essay about rating food establishments in India by observing how many rags are in use for the griddle, the tables, the hands, the floor, the baby, the dogs. Below the 3-rag level it's best to eat elsewhere.
In the US one judges roadside diners by how many trucks are in the parking lot and how many calendars are on the wall (the more, the better).
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#12
| ElderS

Originally posted by: vaibhav_arora View Post

It appears that years and years of my instructions have done no good to your upbringing...


Wait, wait – you mean I was supposed to have been paying attention?
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Very well then I contradict myself,
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#13
| ElderS

Originally posted by: kathill View Post

...Every eatery has a handwashing sink of some sort where you can clean it...


Ah, but the tap water...
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Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
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#14
| Maha Guru Member
In other words, if it's not scalding hot, don't buy it.

Therefore, avoid the guy who carries an unheated kettle and serves tea in plastic cups. Take his tea only if he's got a coal-fired portable stove under his kettle.

Also avoid tea bag places, where they give you hot water and milk separately in a small cup.
#15
| Loud Noisy Bird

Originally posted by: OldandRambling View Post

Because the milk is boiled up with the water ...


Well, quite possible not. I always make that way, but when you go to a tea stall in this part of the world you will find that the milk is simmering away in its own pot. The tea master will mix them when serving, pouring the tea through a strainer that looks like a sock that has twenty years of tea leaf embedded in it. Perhaps it is!
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