Tea Tales — Chai

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Is Chai native to India?

Is Chai native to India?

In ancient times, the term ‘chai’ did not mean what it does today. It referred to a concoction made using herbs and spices, like the traditional ‘kadha’. However, chai and kadha were different from each other in terms of brewing time and herbs/spices used. The origin of chai is shrouded in hundreds of years of history. There are numerous versions of the story of how the first cup of chai came about. One story tells of a Buddhist monk, possibly Gautama Buddha himself, who was on his way to China. During this journey, he was observing the ritual of non-sleep....