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LA YOGA Reviews CP!

It made us smile seeing this rave review of 'Chai Pilgrimage' in this month's printed issue of LA YOGA Magazine! "and it quickly made its way to my shortlist of all-time favorite books." Review by Zoë Kors. Click to read full review.

Chaiyurveda 101

Lesson 1: The Karma of a Cup of Chai. Karma simply means “action,” and everything creates karma just by being what it is. The karma of fire is to create warmth, since fire is hot. The karma of meditation is to promote calm, by virtue of its stillness. The karma of winter is to make people chilly because of its cold quality. Likewise, the karma of a cup of chai — the effect it will have on a person — depends on the ingredients we use to make it...

What is a Chai Wallah?

A wallah is one who performs a specific task. A rickshaw wallah drives the rickshaw, a dhobi wallah washes clothes and chai wallahs, you guessed it, they make chai. Chai wallahs are everywhere in India. Everywhere. From busy urban street corners to hidden alleyways, at bus depots and railway...

Origin of Masala Chai

As we traveled throughout India researching chai, one question we asked people as we sat around the chai stalls was, “What is the origin of masala chai?” The response we heard, more than any other, was that it is “grandmothers’ tea.”  Grandmother, the traditional caretaker of the household, would brew...

Jai Ram's Chai in Chitrakoot

Walking in the sweltering mid-morning sun on our way to the SitaRam temple, we were lured into a chai stand by a pair of smiling brown eyes beaming out from under a simple tarp-covered stall. As we sat down on the low bench, Jai Ram, the chai wallah, attempted to...

Meet Mata Prasad, clay cup wallah

Our favorite way to drink chai in India is in tiny, one-use clay cups. If there are 3 chai wallahs next to each other, we always choose the one with clay cups. It’s authentic, tactile and fun. And the cups themselves are beautiful, in the most simple way. Many travelers...

What is Chai?

Chai means “tea” throughout most of India. In West Bengal it is called cha, in Nepal and Darjeeling, chiyaa. The Hindi word chai, derived from the Mandarin or Cantonese word cha, refers to the black, green, oolong or other types of tea, all made through different processing methods from the...

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Pappu Chai Shop, Banaras

Amidst the traffic of rickshaws, motor scooters, market goers and a small herd of water buffalo being led down the road, we discover the popular Pappu Chai Shop. Early in the day, it is a gathering place for elder intellectual types who read the newspaper, debate political issues and...

Indian Clay Cup

Chai from a clay cup – that raw, slightly bitter, textured taste of earth, mixed with gingery-sweet milk tea – is the taste of India. An Indian adventure would be incomplete without the experience of sipping chai at an open-air chai stall, and the gratifying, childlike pleasure that comes with tossing your cup...