Yogic Chai wrote:A lot of people make the mistake of using a very high grade quality Black tea for Chai thinking it would somehow taste better. However, it is not so. As the previous commenter says, Assam CTC is your best choice for Chai and yes it can be found on most Indian grocery stores. It brews a rich & tasteful cup that goes really well with milk. Our Original Masala Chai has won 1st place for Chai 3 years in a row at the North American Tea Championship...and we use organic Assam CTC
jayinhk wrote:Currently in India and we use loose black tea here (you should be able to pick bags of it up at your local Indian grocery store). The brand we're currently using is Society Tea (Assam CTC), and my cook uses fresh ginger and cardamom pods. He keeps lifting and pouring the tea during the process and it keeps the tea aerated. It is boiled with milk and sugar and then strained into the cups. We use full-fat milk, often raw milk that is delivered to our doors here.
jayinhk wrote:I was in Mumbai when I posted, but I'm back in Hong Kong now, although I may be in Mumbai again in a few weeks.
I'm not surprised they use Kerala tea and different spices in Kerala. There are no hard and fixed rules in India for anything. You can just leave the sugar out if you're making it at home of course. Whatever you do, just remember to remove the dirty bubbles.
Tead Off wrote:+1. Plenty of those in India.