Tandoori Chai- changing the name of the game

In a day and age where everything is evolving and innovations seem to be like a dime a dozen, the concept of ‘tandoori chai’ seems to have caught along well in the place where it is thought to have originated. For most people, though, this would seem like a very curious and interesting take as it is an amalgamation of two of the most popular things in India- tandoor and chai- a match which many claim seems to have been made in tea lover’s heaven.

Tandoor is a sort of clay oven from which the term tandoori arose and was associated with anything that was made in it. It is a term which has been associated with loads of edibles and consumables in India.  But never before in history was the term associated with tea even though there are so many different methods in which tea is prepared and drunk in the different regions in India. So, what exactly is this novel concept which has been creating waves in the last couple of months in one of the more popular cities in western India!!!

How the idea came about

This all started out when a college graduate started reminiscing about the manner in which his grandmother would make some turmeric milk for all of them. The drinking of this tea would be done while sitting around a bonfire and that is where the concept of tandoori chai came from-albeit the fact that it took a couple of months of tinkering and a rather stretched and flamboyant imagination.

The ingredients

  • Milk
  • Water
  • Tea leaves
  • Sugar or Honey or any other sweet additive.
  • Lemon Grass
  • Mint leaves
  • Tea Spice/Chai masala
  • 1 clay pot for tandoori flavour and 1 clay pot to pour the tea and drink

The method

The clay pot needs to be placed on a medium flame and heated for a total of about 10 minutes. The tea needs to be prepared by boiling the water and then adding the spice or masala, the mint leaves, lemon grass, tea leave and the sweet additive of your choice. The milk should be added as soon as the water starts boiling and then boiled for a further 2 minutes.

The tea should be poured into a glass jar with the help of a strainer. The clay pot should be placed in a bigger, deeper vessel before pouring the tea into it from the glass jar. Using a set of tongs would be quite beneficial in this case as both the tea and the clay pot will be hot.

After a while, the tea will start to bubble and ooze out from the clay pot. Soon after, the tea can be poured into a fresh clay pot and be paired up with an accompaniment of your choice. Buttered buns and salted biscuits are quite popular with sort of preparation. The thing to keep in mind is the fact that this tea will have a very unique earthy flavour and smokey taste to it.

This is easily one of the more popular innovations to tea in the last couple of years and the concept of tandoori chai is quickly catching up with people of most demographic. Anything which is made in the tandoor has generally gone on to become a rage in the country and it would come as a no surprise if the same fate befalls tandoori chai. After all, it is easy to make and can easily be prepared in the comforts of one’s own home.

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