Delhi, capital that it is, leads the country when it comes to consuming tea- or as it’s known here, chai. Chai turns up in many forms-chilled and clear, with a twist of lime; as fine Darjeeling in bone china; and with everything from vodka to lime cordial.
The thoroughbred Delhi way of drinking chai is, however, the way it’s served at countless tea-stalls across the city. Every street, no matter how non-descript, has a local chaiwallah. If he’s small-time, he’ll carry a wire `cage’ with a dozen glass tumblers, along with a large, squat kettle of hot tea. If he’s posh, he’ll have a little stall- with an aluminium counter, a small kerosene-fired stove, and a row of glass jars, filled with eats. T...Read More