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Masala chai

As India is one of the largest producers of tea in the world, various forms of tea are consumed here. The most famous among them being masala chai. Although it is more famous among the tourists, masala chai is not as popular among Indians as the regular chai or tea. Masala Chai is more popular amongst foreigners and Indians living outside India.

The masala chai is prepared like any other tea by boiling the tea leaves. To this, the spices are added and then milk and sugar is added to it.

As chai is widely grown and prepared throughout India, the flavor differs from place to place. There is no fixed preparation method for making masala chai. The basic ingredients, though remain the same that is Tea leaves, milk, sweetener and spices. The distinct flavor comes basically from the type of tea and the spices used.

In India there are various types of tea having distinct flavors. Darjeeling tea, assam tea, nilgiri tea, Kashmir tea, to name a few. Each tea has a different flavor. Assam tea is very widely used and is the most common.

The sweetener in the tea can be regular sugar, jaggery or honey. Jaggery gives a very strong and distinct flavor. Honey on the other hand brings a mellow flavor in the tea. Traditionally, a big amount of sweetener is used to bring up the flavor of the spices.

The main ingredient that makes masala chai different from plain tea is the spices that are added to it. Masala means spices in hindi. The spices range from the commonly used cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorn, and cloves to herbs such as tulsi to some exotic flavors such as nutmeg, chocolate, cocoa and vanilla.

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