Ode to Chai - umm Joy!
Cup of Chai
I belong to the small percentage of people in the world that are "musically challenged" . I have absolutely no ear for music and can neither sing nor hum a tune. But if I had any musical talent at all, and if I could somehow magically compose music, my magnum opus would be "Ode to Chai". It would be a musical masterpiece extolling the virtues of my favorite drink - chai!
I love chai and drink a minimum of 2 cups a day. I could drink several more cups, but usually limit myself, unless it is a special occasion or a special day like a weekend or a weekday!
I follow the same routine every morning. I wake up, brush my teeth still half asleep, go downstairs and put on a pot of water for tea. I stand by the stove, savoring the morning calm and the radiant heat from the stove. There is something calming about this ritual of making a morning cup of chai. The canisters for tea leaves and sugar are at hand and I can measure and pour with my eyes closed. As the aroma of the tea wafts from the boiling pot, I add a pinch of cardamom. The satisfying wooshing sound of the tea boiling and rising up to touch the lip of the pot wakes me from my reverie and I pour out the 2 cups of steaming hot tea. As I sip the chai, I really start to wake up and start my day.
In the Indian culture, chai is much more than just a drink. Stories are shared, gossip is passed around, sorrows are drowned, advice is handed out and friendships are bonded - all over steaming hot cups of chai.
I like my chai strong, with a pinch of cardamom powder. How do you spice your chai?