Chai – Is it really a type of flavored tea?
If you go to your neighborhood cafe and ask for a chai, you will get a frothy mixture of tea, milk, spices and sugar. If you look the word, “chai” up on the web, you will see not only the flavored spice tea definition but another one as well. Chai is actually the generic term for tea in India, South Asia and many other parts of the world. Only in the West, particularly in the United States, has the term “chai” become synonomous with a flavored tea that consists of boiling tea with milk, sugar and a mixture of masala (cinnamon, cardomom, black pepper, ginger, etc.) spices.
So next time you ask for a chai tea, you are technically asking for a tea tea! But since we live in the U.S., and to avoid confusion, we also refer to chai as the flavored spice tea.