Desi Chai

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Ah, Chai. Not Chai Tea. If you call it Chai Tea, please stop. Chai literally means tea. It would be ridiculous to call something Chai Chai, wouldn’t it?

Now you know. Another fun fact – Chai means tea in Russian too!

Chai brings the world closer. And so, like any desi knows, Chai will be offered at any time of the day because it’s 4pm somewhere! (*winks* see what I did there?)

Anyway. As a Malayalee, I have to play the stereotype of being good at making Chai. After all, doesn’t a Malayalee own a corner tea shop nearly everywhere there is human life?


Ingredients (serves 2 cups of tea)
1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 cup water
2 tsp tea powder
1 1/2 tsp sugar per cup of tea


  1. Pour the milk and water in a saucepan and bring up to the point where bubbles start forming at the edge of the saucepan.
  2. Add the tea powder in at this stage and turn the heat down to the lowest flame. Stir well and simmer until the tea turns a medium orange.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and strain the tea into your cups. Add sugar, stir and serve with a slice of my Banocoa marble cake.


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