Masala Chai
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Masala Chai is not just a chai, it’s an emotion that goes beyond a simple drink and transforms into an experience. This spiced tea has become famous in India and also in many parts of the world because of its rich blend of spices. 

So dear readers, sit back, relax and grab your cup of tea while we travel down the timeline to unravel the story of masala chai and the reasons why it is loved by so many!

The Origins of Tea in India

The history of tea in India can be traced back to the British East India company in the 19th century. The tea was initially not produced in India; it was brought in by the British to counter the Chinese tea market. The British introduced large scale tea cultivation in Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiri regions and turned many acres of land into plantations.

Firstly, the tea was being produced in India to meet the demands of the British market only. But nevertheless, it did not take the inhabitants long to get used to this aromatic drink. Tea had become a daily beverage in India as early as the early period of the twentieth century.

The Birth of Masala Chai

Even though tea was brought to India by the British, masala chai has its roots exclusively in India. The word “chai” translates as “tea” in Hindi. 

The term “Masala” is the Hindi word meaning a blend of spices. Hence, masala stands for spice, while chai translates to tea, therefore, masala chai is spiced tea.

The Indian tea vendors started incorporating some native spices in their tea to make the drink tastier. This was not only beneficial in making the tea taste better but was also advantageous in that the use of spices would serve to cover the poorer quality of tea leaves that were sometimes employed.

The Components of Masala Chai

Cardamom: Enhances a sweet and fragrant taste.

Cinnamon: It gives warmth and makes things sweet.

Ginger: Adds a kick and is also known to aid in digestion.

Peppercorns: Gives it a spicy kick.

Role of Masala Chai in Indian Culture

Chai means much more than a drink in India, it has become a tradition. It is offered to the guests as a form of courtesy, drunk during meetings and even while conversing or chatting. Tea stalls are an integral part of Indian cities or towns and contain populations of people from all categories.

Another interesting fact that adds colour to the Indian chai is the chaiwala. The numerous street vendors prepare fresh tea in large quantities throughout the day, with specialty in masala chai. Observing a chaiwala preparing the tea is quite delightful, because he prepares tea, milk, and spices in a kettle through boiling and then strains the mixture into small cups sophisticatedly and gracefully.

Global Popularity

This special type of tea, masala chai, has become famous not only in India but across the world. It has been popularised in Western countries in recent years, and is known there as ‘Chai tea’ (though this is somewhat of a misnomer as ‘chai’ translates to ‘tea’ in Hindi). Chai has also become popular in western cafes and tea shops having adopted such products as chai latte or iced chai.

The attraction of masala chai across the world can be attributed to its taste and the trend in consuming healthy and tasty drinks today. The ingredients used in preparing masala chai have health benefits like improving digestion and enhancing the body immunity, and this makes it very popular for those who care about their health.


This is more than simply spiced tea; it can be described as Indian hospitality, traditions and culture rolled into one single brew. Masala chai’s journey has been an interesting one starting from the street tea stalls of India to the glasses of the world. 

And, at last, you can also boast of drinking this historic and delightful drink at our teashop. Please, go to our online shop to purchase the real Indian Masala Chai and discover the biggest selection of warm spices with the best taste!

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