Tea Customs of India
Indians consume tea, 15 times more than they consume coffee. The word “chai” is used for tea and the man selling it in small tea glasses in busy cities is called “chaiwala” or literally the man with tea.
Indians take their tea with milk. However its method of preparation is different to the British technique. Whilst the British mostly use tea bags nowadays and add cold milk at the end, Indians add loose tea leaves to the boiling tea pot, and after it is brewed properly, add milk and sugar both to the same pot. When making masala tea, spices are also added. Once the tea is done, it’s strained off into separate cups.
When you step into a home you will be offered a tea and that will be the ultimate conversation starter.
In a given day, an Indian will consume more tea outside of home, than at home. This is mainly because of the abundance of tea rooms and chaiwalas selling tea in every nook and corner of the city. Posh restaurants offer tea in cups and saucers, and small tea shops give you a tiny glass filled to the brim.
Another reason why tea stalls are popular, is the socialization opportunity they create. Arabs sit around a table, while Indians stand around the tea stall, talking while sipping tea.
India is popular for numerous snacks and sweets; from vadai, samosa, aloo bonda, mawa cake to khasta kachori - a sort of a puff pastry and murukku Indians are Picassos of pairing snacks with their tea.
Tea, in India is one of the omnipresent traditions.