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Also, allow me to shed light on your tea set, yes, that fancy porcelain ware you own (and paid an arm and a leg for), it is useless! Yes they're expensive and pretty but they are thin. By the time you add the brew, stir in the milk and make sure the sugar is all blended in, your chai is at a temperature where you can slurp it down in one big gulp. Nothing beats a big, thick, rustic mug.
And, I have to add this. You are the pits, if you make me use a spoonful of milk powder instead of a dash of milk in my chai. I hate milk powder, and I can only tolerate it, if I'm desperate and travelling and in a hotel with little sachets of creamer, sugar and tea bags. Chai is the easiest thing to make. Boil a cup of water, add a tsp. of tea leaves, add your spice - cardomom, ginger, chai masala, cinnamon - and add sugar. Let it all brew and add a dash of milk, till you get the desired colour and strength of tea and strain the whole thing, like a good chaiwallah.
We have so many decisions to make each day, and everything is DIY from sand papering a wall to fixing a bike. How pleasant it is when someone just hands you a cup of potable brew. How comforting, how pampered one feels when one doesn't have to struggle with spoons, and strainers and luke warm water. It is a task of immense grace when someone brings in a tray of delightfully good chai with biscuits. Oh and bonus points for bringing in Parle G!
Yes Chai is distinct from tea, as distinct as Indian English is from the Queen's language. They may have the same ingredients, but the flavour??? You tell me.