As the monsoon rains and breeze slowly wash away the sweltering heat of the Indian summers, a number of viruses and infections too come out to play. Dealing with this small downside of monsoons and enjoying the beautiful weather sitting at your windowsill with onion pakoras can both be done by a simple, delicious solution- chai!
So here’s a list of delicious teas that are a must-try this monsoon season for all you chai lovers out there!
Benares- First on the list is a blend of organic Assam black tea and an array of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves. This organic masala chai blend is absolutely jam-packed with powerful flavours. Benares brews to a brisk full-bodied cup and is a very bold and complex infusion. The warm notes from the spices are sure to satisfy the monsoon need for chai.
Chilli Chai- Chilli chai is an exotic spin on chai as it includes the complexity of Thai spices such as lemongrass, pandan leaf, kaffir lime, and of course chili. The chili kick at the end is one of the standout features of this infusion. The aromas of Southeast Asian spices along with coconut really tie the drink together beautifully. And if the flavours and aroma aren’t reason enough to enjoy the drink, the lemongrass and ginger in the tea boost your metabolism and your immunity too!
Sulaimani Malabar Chai- The organic Sulaimani chai is a unique green tea variation of the widely-popular Malabar spiced chai. The spices included in the infusion are cardamom, pepper, cloves, and spearmint. The tea brews to a stunning golden colour and gives out a delectable, balanced aroma of spices, citrus, and mint. The specialty of this drink is that it brews to multiple layers. The first one reveals delicate spices on the nose. The energizing citrus and mint add a nice strong finish.
Ayurvedic Chai- Next on our list is organic Ayurvedic chai. It is a robust black masala tea paired with earthy herbs and spices such as tulsi, ginger, turmeric, ashwagandha, and brahmi. The tea has strong earthy and warm flavours. All of the ingredients are rich in antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory properties helping you relax and enjoy the rain and the breeze!
Cutting Chai- Last on the list and probably one of the most loved drinks in the nation is cutting chai. Inspired by the authentic Bombay Cutting chai this drink features black tea, cardamom, and a few other spices to make a rich and robust composition. Simply put it this way, if there was one tea you should try from this list, make it this one. You’ll come back for the rest yourself!
Not only are each of these teas delicious, they well revitalize and refresh you! They will protect you from all of the season’s viruses so you can spend your monsoon enjoying the rain with steaming hot pakoras, curled up with a good book at your window.