Monsoon brings cool pleasant weather after months of scorching heat. It that time of the year when we sip on endless cups of steaming hot chai with our favourite Indian snacks. Here is my list of unusual food and chai pairings to beat rainy day blues.
1. Cheese Naan
A popular companion of Indian curry dishes, ‘naan’ or traditional Indian flatbread is usually served hot and brushed with ghee or butter. Stuff these naans with cheese and they make for a delicious tea pairing. Tea not only compliments cheese but also brings out hidden flavours.
2. Masala Papad
A thin crisp from India, Papad is a famous accompaniment to meals. Either fried or roasted, crisp papad topped with spicy onion-tomato mixture brings compliments the spicy flavour of masala chai.
Yes, that’s right. Biryani is a delicious savoury rice dish loaded with spicy marinated vegetables or meats, caramelized onions and flavourful saffron rice. Chai cuts through the richness of biryani and the spices of masala chai aid digestion.
So there it is. My top 3 unusual food pairing for your cup of chai that are sure to make your taste buds dance this Monsoon. Tea Trunk’s Masala Chai Black Tea, infused with the finest spices and earthy ginger makes for a comforting cup of chai on a rainy day. Stock up on your favourite chai here.
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