Teas in India from North to South, East to West

The one word that comes to one’s mind in the first mention of India is (most probably) – diversity. The land, blessed with all major geographical features and almost all major religions, has developed numerous cultures and traditions all across the country.

Food and beverages are the most distinct reflection of any culture and, it won’t be a surprise to find similar diversity in terms of eating and drinking habits.

A South Asian favorite, tea is an integral part of Indian households.
Let’s take a trip down the length and breadth of the country and discover different tea recipes at every stop!

Imagine watching the breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges from Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh while sipping a cup of Noon Tea.

Traditionally made from green tea leaves, milk, salt, it is usually cooked in a samavar. A pinch of baking soda in the tea gives it a pronounced pink color. An integral part of Kashmiri breakfast, this tea is also known as Kashmiri chai, or Kashmiri tea is pink.

The colorful streets of Jaipur and the bustling roads of Mumbai are interspersed by small tea stalls with vendors selling the kadak masala chai. Black tea boiled with milk, sugar, and flavourful spices like ginger,
clove, cardamom, and cinnamon, the masala tea is an Indian favorite with households having their recipes for it.

Moving to the east, the world-renowned Darjeeling tea, also known as the “champagne of teas,” has musky-sweet tasting notes similar to muscat wine, making it a favorite of the tea connoisseurs.

A neighbour of Darjeeling, Sikkim, serves the best butter tea, also known as the Gur Gur Tea. Prepared with tea leaves, milk butter, water, and salt, this tea is the Himalayan nomad’s favorite.

Going south, the western ghats and the hills gave us the famous Niligiri Teas. One of the most famous teas, the Nilgiri teas, are extremely aromatic, flavorful, and dark, making it one of the most sought-after teas in the world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *