Tea is a quintessential part of one's morning routine for many Indians. To make the ever-favourite chai, all you need to do is bring water to a boil, toss in tea leaves, and aromatic spices like cardamom and ginger, add sugar and milk, let it simmer, strain into a cup, and relish hot! India has a diverse tea culture with different varieties grown in several pockets of the country. One can also find many international options in the market. Most of us have heard of ginger tea, masala tea, herbal tea, green tea, chamomile tea, etc. But have you ever come across "Roasted Milk Tea?" This is the latest version making wave online. While we are accustomed to boiling tea leaves, this unique trend demonstrates how to roast them instead. Interestingly, OG chai lovers aren't quite sold on this new twist.
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An Instagram reel shared by user @food_madness__ shows a person dry roasting tea, sugar, and crushed cardamom in a pan. As the sugar is heated, it gradually melts and is combined with the other ingredients. Next, milk is carefully poured into the vessel. The steaming hot tea is then strained and promptly served. Take a look at the video below:
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This video has received a lot of attention online, amassing 12.8 million views and thousands of likes. What caught our eye were the comments from people and tea enthusiasts expressing their disapproval.
A user wrote, “Chai ke saath mazak nahi karne ka [Do not mess up with tea]”
Another user added, “Best Possible way to ruin the taste of Tea.”
A person warned, “Never try this it tastes really really very very bad.”
Another critical comment read, “Don't try this... Total waste.”
Someone penned, “I'm a chai lover !!! Please leave chai alone.”
“Tried this personally and it tastes DISGUSTING. It tastes bitter. Terrible.”, wrote a user.
Would you give this roasted milk tea a try? Tell us in the comment section.