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Its 4pm and a not so hectic day in the office so I drop into a local cafeteria that�s attached to our office. The guy there said that he has this new addition to his hot drinks that I must try. �Chai�.
It took him a while to finally accept that its just something we indian-origin people live with.
Anyway it was Excellent to have it on a dull day like today.
Do any of you people fancy �Chai�?


What is Chai
 
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I can't live without CHAI, it is my limitation.
[ December 01, 2005: Message edited by: Chetan Parekh ]
 
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Have you tried mint tea??
 
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I used to drink loads of tea, but not so fond of the thick & spicey chai anymore. I love the thing they serve at Chinese restaurants � ask for Chinese tea � its just hot water with a lovely herb flavor to it, and its incredibly refreshing, especially so after a good Chinese dinner!
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without kadak tea i cant study .
during our engeneering college days , we generally
do the preparation for whole night, before exam day
we about 7 friends , takes tea and cigerrate after
each hour in a stall near our hostel, we just complete the course in night ,
generally we do the group study .
tea is my energy, without tea i cant generate my energy,
tea is the lifeline for every indian
 
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Is there any difference between tea and "Chai"
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Yes, I'm a big chai fan here.

[Sameer]: Is there any difference between tea and "Chai"

In American usage (and I think in Britain and other Commonwealth nations) "tea" may or may not be served with milk, sweetener, or spices, but "chai" implies all three - the spices being the most distinctive part. So for us, chai is a specific type of tea drink. It's not really well-known in the US, but it is gaining in popularity I think. It's available on the menu at most coffee shops, like Starbucks. Though it's usually better at an Indian restaurant, as there it will likely have been brewed with fresh spices.
 
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My wife is a big fan of the Chai Lattes at Barnes & Noble. Me, i can't stand tea, so i've never tried it.
 
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I drink almost 20 Cups of Chai Everyday.
Without that,
with chai,
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Originally posted by Ashok Mash:
I used to drink loads of tea, but not so fond of the thick & spicey chai anymore. I love the thing they serve at Chinese restaurants � ask for Chinese tea � its just hot water with a lovely herb flavor to it, and its incredibly refreshing, especially so after a good Chinese dinner!

[ December 01, 2005: Message edited by: Ashok Mash ]




I agree Chinese Tea is fabulous. My wife is of Chinese-origin and stocks various types of Chinese tea. I don�t know the name of my favourite one but I like the one made from rose petals.
My wife found it weird when I first mentioned that I like milk and sugar in my tea, but now she is into it as well.
I reckon tea made with cardamom, cinnamon, clove, pepper and ginger with a spot of thick milk and honey is the best.
Stuart
Mint Tea is nice I tried some of the flavoured teabag version of it before.
 
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Stuart
Mint Tea is nice I tried some of the flavoured teabag version of it before.




In my experience, mint tea comes out best when prepared by the desert tribes of the Maghreb. While traveling across the Sahara desert, every so often we would just stop by to drink mint tea, oh so fabulous.

 
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Originally posted by Sameer Jamal:
Is there any difference between tea and "Chai"

[ December 01, 2005: Message edited by: Sameer Jamal ]



Etymologically, they are one and the same word (of Chinese origin.)
As for what makes up "chai" and "th�" and so on, each culture will give you different connotations based on their way of drinking tea, so while for some having milk in it is a must for it to be tea, for others, only without milk is it tea. Thus, what is real tea/chai can be endlessly debated upon.

 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
In American usage (and I think in Britain and other Commonwealth nations) "tea" may or may not be served with milk, sweetener, or spices, but "chai" implies all three - the spices being the most distinctive part. So for us, chai is a specific type of tea drink. It's not really well-known in the US, but it is gaining in popularity I think. It's available on the menu at most coffee shops, like Starbucks. Though it's usually better at an Indian restaurant, as there it will likely have been brewed with fresh spices.



Hmm tea with spices I never had that, generally in northern part of India
they dont serve tea with spices.
 
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My wife and I both enjoy chai tea. (USA)

It's more like hot chocolate (what some countries call drinking chocolate) than traditional tea. I believe it has a black tea base and a touch of cardamom enriches its distinct flavor.
 
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Originally posted by Sameer Jamal:


Hmm tea with spices I never had that, generally in northern part of India
they dont serve tea with spices.



Chai with -

Cardamom (Illaichi)
cloves(laung)
Ground black pepper
Cinnamon (daal chini)

is quite common in North India, I think.
 
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recently i had a "Gingerbread Chai Latte" (at $tarbuck$ ) was indeed good (except for the cost!!)
 
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