Care for a cuppa?
Time to Whip up a spiced tea and/or snacks for tea-time.
Indian tea is called chai, and is often made with spices and milk. It is served with a variety of snacks, both savoury and sweet, and is a fun way to celebrate a get-together.
India produces and consumes more tea than any other country in the world, except for China, including the famous Assam tea and Darjeeling tea.
The cultivation and brewing of tea in India has a long history of applications in traditional systems of medicine and for consumption. The consumption of tea in India was first clearly documented in the Ramayana (750-500 BC). For the next thousand years, documentation of tea in India was lost in history. Records re-emerge during the first century AD, with stories of the Buddhist monks Bodhidharma and Gan Lu, and their involvement with tea. Research shows that tea is indigenous to eastern and northern India, and was cultivated and consumed there for thousands of years. Commercial production of tea in India did not begin until the arrival of the British East India Company, at which point large tracts of land were converted for mass tea production.
Today, India is one of the largest tea producers in the world, though over 70% of the tea is consumed within India itself. A number of renowned teas, such as Darjeeling, also grow exclusively in India. The Indian tea industry has grown to own many global tea brands, and has evolved to one of the most technologically equipped tea industries in the world. Tea production, certification, exportation, and all other facets of the tea trade in India is controlled by the Tea Board of India.
So whip up a great tea party - spiced Indian tea and/or snacks to go with it - from one of Madhur Jaffrey
's recipes. Post on or by Sunday, November 4th
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