Chai (CH long I, sounds like “Hi”) is the word for tea in many parts of the world.
Chai has been around for hundreds of years and is just now becoming common throughout the United States in specialty coffeehouses.
The most common Chai (from India) is a black tea with milk or cream and a variety of spices and sweeteners.
The spices used vary from region to region and among households in India. The most common are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. These spices appear to produce a relaxing feeling. You may not be able to stop at just a single cup.
In many regions of the world, drinking chai is as common as a morning cup of coffee.
There is a wide variety of chai blends available on the market today by several different companies, all are similar but each is unique. Liquid concentrates are used in several commercial establishments and ingredients for making your own chai can be found at many Indian grocers.
Whichever blend or brand you prefer, just remember:
"Stop and smell the Chai.... Better yet, have a cup!"