Is chai safe to drink in India?

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#16 Oct 5th, 2018, 20:36
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That's not the right way to make chai. I suspect they do it as that is the same way filter coffee is mixed in the south. But then here in the north they use the chai method to make coffee !
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Ok, now I am curious about northern and southern chai-making techniques. Am I doing it wrong?
I boil the tea leaves (Red Label) in filtered water then add the masala, then the gur, and when it resembles creosote and the gur chunks have melted, I add an equal amount of hot, creamy buffalo milk. My chai masala is a combination of adraak, elaichi, dalcheeni, chakra phool, kali mirch, and lavang. (Still experimenting with the proportions, it's different every time I grind it.) On special occasions I put grated fresh adraak.
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It would appear to be regional!

Down here in the South, we do it our way. Which is probably the way of the Mallu Masters. Other people can, I suppose choose... well, other methods! Either way, I prefer mine without brain-eating amoeba.

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What Nick is referring to is the below style of making tea.


In Tamil Nadu it is usually called as 'chayya' instead of 'chai'
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Exactly so.

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Isn't this just a matter of language?

When I go to a tea shop, I am often, apart from desperate for tea, short of time, and quite happy to take the standard brew/mix. I seem to remember, that, if Masala Chai is available (and it is not a place that just throws a pinch of powder into the cup) that they do make the whole thing, all combined, in one pan.
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Originally Posted by kathill View Post Ok, now I am curious about northern and southern chai-making techniques. Am I doing it wrong?
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I'm not about to post my recipe perfected after about two decades of careful observation and practice on the ww. But you'll get there. All i can say is I don't use any masala, or sugar, etc.

South of the Godavari i drink filter kaapi. They mean well, but they don't know how to make tea.
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The way chai is made in the North, including Mumbai, is to boil all liquids (water & milk) with tea leaves and extra ingredients in the same container. You look down from the window of an old office building in Marine Lines, and shout 'Bidu two chai' and make a sign with forefinger and the middle to indicate its cutting

There is no wrong way of making chai, but definitely down south is not the right way And then there is the cart-way of making chai outside the office buildings in midtown
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post I'm not about to post my recipe perfected after about two decades of careful observation and practice on the ww. But you'll get there. All i can say is I don't use any masala, or sugar, etc.

South of the Godavari i drink filter kaapi. They mean well, but they don't know how to make tea.

Hmm a secret recipe like Coke and KFC.
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Well the only true way to drink coffee is to pour it from head high from pot to thigh high in cup or perhaps from a fry pan in Araku..
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yes i think thatís a bit of a dramatic reaponse
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I swear that's how I got a 36 hr stomach bug from a WESTERN cup of coffee in Varkala one year! Because I hadn't eaten anything, it was my very first stop of the day.
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Dramatic perhaps, but not at all uncommon. (Well, mebbe waist high.)
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