7 different ways Indians love to take their tea

Hot cuppa, anyone?

We start our day with a hot cuppa of tea. The first thing we do after reaching work is to order tea. We have tea breaks more than anything else. Basically, tea is bae. Though tea originated from China, we celebrate it more than anyone else.

So much so, that we have developed our own tea culture which varies from region to region. If you are a chai lover and have not tasted different types of teas, you are missing a lot.

Mumbai’s Cutting Chai: 

Though we still call it Mumbai ki Cutting Chai, it is no more limited to Mumbai. Cutting Chai exactly translates to cut into half. Earlier, it was a beverage available only at tapri or chai stalls, but now even modern cafes are serving it.

Cutting Chai

Cutting Chai (Photo: Dreamstime/Chetan Kamal)

Darjeeling Tea:

Mainly popular in Darjeeling and other surrounding areas, Darjeeling tea is available in different variants including Green, Black, Oolong and White.

Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling Tea (Photo: Dreamstime/Chetan Kamal)

Masala Tea: 

Doesn’t matter if you love normal tea or green tea, Masala Chai is everybody’s favourite. Made with milk and sugar, it is just add-on of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorn, nutmerg and cloves that brings out the taste.


Masal Tea (Photo: Dreamstime/Chetan Kamal)

Tibet’s Butter Tea:

Popular in Sikkim and Ladakh, Po Cha or Butter Tea originally belongs to Tibet. The taste of butter tea is not usual as it contains salt and not sugar.

Butter Tea

Butter Tea (Photo: Dreamstime/Chetan Kamal)

Kashmir’s Noon Chai: 

This pink-coloured tea is an authentic Kashmiri delight. It has sea salt and warm nuts that make it a stand out beverage.

Noon Chai

Noon Chai (Photo: Dreamstime/Chetan Kamal)

Kashmir’s Kahwa: 

Kahwa is an exotic mix of Kashmiri green tea leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron.


Kahwa (Photo: Dreamstime/Chetan Kamal)

Lal Cha:

Lal Cha or lemon tea is popular in Bengal and surroundings areas. This black tea or green tea is made with lemon juice, cumin seed powder, black salt and sugar.

Lal Cha

Lal Cha (Photo: Dreamstime/Chetan Kamal)

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