What is "Chai"?
‘Chai’ simply means ‘tea’ in India and many other parts of the world. The beverage we in the west refer to as ‘chai’ is more correctly called ‘masala chai’, which means ‘spiced tea’. It is an Indian creation made by simmering milk and water with loose leaf tea, sugar and a mixture of spices which typically include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper. Condensed milk is often used instead of milk and sugar. You strain the mixture before serving it hot.
Nowadays we can buy chai teabags (which can be served black), and instant chai mixes, and chai is served hot, cold and as a latte with steamed milk.
I’m adding ‘chai’ under English as an adopted word.
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