How To Make Kerala's Famous Sulaimani Chai At Home

Not only is it delicious, it also aids in digestion

For those of you obsessed with tea and have still not tasted Kerala’s famous Sulaimani Chai, we’ve got news for you. It’s not only easy to make, it’s surprisingly refreshing too. I stumbled upon a Sulaimani Chai while looking up varieties of black tea and looks like I hit jackpot.

The tea is not just popular in Kerala, but also in Dubai. Besides being a delicious beverage, Sulaimani chai is good for digestion too and so people generally drink it after a heavy meal.

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Operation Sulaimani

According to Wikipedia, Operation Sulaimani was named after Sulaimani chai which was started in 2015 by Prasanth Nair IAS, the District Collector of Kozhikode. The programme aimed at reducing poverty in the region. It was an initiative where customers have to pay for an extra cup of tea/coffee which is later given to any underprivileged person that asks for it.

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The chai is quite popular in Kerala, Hyderabad and Mumbai. And in case, you want to drink it at home, here’s an easy recipe which is tried and tasted:

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1/2 tsp tea leaves
2 cups water
3 tsp sugar
2 tsp lemon juice

1. Bring the water to a boil and turn the flame off.
2. Add the tea leaves and let it steep for five minutes covered.
3. Strain the tea into cups, add lemon juice and sugar and serve hot.