Chai reminds of my days travelling in southern India. The Chai Wallah would cycle his bike around the villages, early in the morning. If I was up early (not gone to bed), I would see him pedalling around, ring his bell, offer hot milky, sweet chai to the villagers.
Such a beautiful sight. Early morning mist through streets, the odd palm tree in view and the smell of spices whilst sipping tea. That is India, right there.
In my search for an authentic alternative to Mr Chai Wallah’s brew, I discovered Tea India. Selling just three types of Chai tea. Masala, Cardamom and Vanilla. The Masala is as close as I can get to that Chai I remember so dearly.
They write: Chai tea is at the heart of Tea India, it’s all that we do and with our blenders memories, knowledge and expertise we invite you to enjoy the authentic taste of India, transporting you to the sights and sounds of evocative landscapes of India.
Exactly what I want! India, to me, is a distant and beloved memory of mine, nearly 13 years ago I was there. So long. But now at least I can drink in that smell and taste and be transported back in time.
Tea India are kindly giving away a pack of Chai tea goodies and a beautiful hand-made friendship bracelet, made by Reena, who is a tea picker on the Chubwa Tea Estate. You can read more about her here. To enter, all you need to do is complete the widget below. Giveaway ends on Wednesday 30th September. Good Luck!