Monday, January 7, 2008

Kulhad Wali Chai (Masala Tea in Earthenware Pots)

Anyone with any experience of travelling by rail in India will be all too familiar with 'Kulhad Wali Chai'. Served in earthenware glasses which are baked by potters in wood-fired furnaces, this syrupy and spicy Chai carries with it the sweet smell of the earth.

Without doubt, 'Kulhad Wali Chai' beckons the weary traveller and is the ultimate liquid comfort in a glass. I have had a passionate love for tea since I first sipped this concoction as a child travelling between Nagpur and Aurangabad!! For me, chilly winter mornings are synonymous with holding a warm tea glass in my bare hands, slowly sipping this soothing liquid. As comforting as the strum of the guitar to Simon & Garfunkel lyrics:
But look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

This one's for jugalbandi Click: Liquid Comfort, January 2008.

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  1. Masala chai, it's my favorite. In a earthenware pot, heavenly. I have tasted it in Varanasi. Thanks for the refreshing morning sip on a chilly day. Happy teatime!!

  2. i love masala chai and i love it in earthen ware pots. My inlaws are from kolkata and, when we get there, i love having the street chai on earthenware, they bring out that special matka flavor.


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