On International Tea Day, we quiz familiar faces from Mumbai on their favourite version of the cuppa and why they can't do without it
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I enjoy sipping on cups of Black Tea with Creamy Vanilla, my favourite for more reasons than one. I procure this organically produced tea, grown in the mountains of Coonoor from Taalira Teas.
My fascination with Black Tea stems from the fact that it is a rich source of antioxidants. It’s flavoured with creamy vanilla, that has anti-inflammatory properties and cholesterol lowering benefits. It contains small amounts of B complex vitamins, and traces of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, and zinc essential for holistic health.
A photograph from Arzan Khambatta’s series on finding the cutting chai
I have regular Green Tea. It is one of the rare things that is good for health and also tastes good.
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A few months ago, I visited Vietnam for the first time and fell in love with its culture and cuisine. The Vietnamese have discovered an exceptional method to make scented tea, popularly known as Trà huong. It is a mix of flower and herb. Like the internationally acclaimed Earl Grey or Indian chai, Vietnam scented tea is very simple yet unique, combining the flavour of mostly earthy and native plant. I tried Trà huong at a local store and enjoyed it. With the scent of flowers twisting harmoniously with the sweetly bitter taste of tea, the Trà huong aka scented tea creates a unique flavour, texture, and colour offering a cup of pure divinity.
I start my day with Masala Chai and sip on a Ylang Ylang green tea or a chamomile and hibiscus blend through the day.
We serve a Paan tea blend at our Oshiwara store, which is unique and turning into one of my favourites.
When it comes to tea, I’m pure Indian at heart. Masala Chai always takes the cake. I love the strong flavour of spices.
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The proportion of milk and water gives it the perfect consistency. When I make tea at home, I love add a pinch of chai masala
Generally, I am a coffee drinker but at my studio in Sewri, I have been calling for adrak chai every day since 2002, from a neighbourhood chaiwalla.
Now, he even knows the amount of sugar and milk that I like in my brew. In fact, while on their way to the studio, my clients often call and ask me to order a cutting for them. As I keep moving around in the studio, I leave the cutting chai glass in various spots and often forget about them, and the chaiwalla is left searching for them. Based on this, I made a photo-series where I clicked the chai glasses left unattended in corners.