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The best Masala Tea in India

Have you had the best Masala Tea in India? Or from India? Let’s decode this.

Why are most of the mass consumer brands failing to render a good cup that makes you feel relaxed and energized at the same time? The answer is extremely simple – they don’t have Masala!

Recently I picked up a pack of Cardamom Chai by an extremely famous brand. It had the regular CTC (small granular leaves) and some green flakes. I assumed it was cardamom so to taste the quality of the cardamom, I picked a green flake and started chewing. I was shocked to discover that it was not cardamom. It was a greenish tea leaf (known as brokens in the tea industry). I have to say that its extremely disappointing to see the common man work so hard and pay a little extra for a pack a cardamom tea that is such a sham!

Whenever you are purchasing a Masala Tea, make sure you buy a small pack first, check out the leaves for yourself. It should look somewhat like this image below. This tea has green cardamom, rose, fennel, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and secret proportion that balances the tea in such a way that all the ingredients are equally prominent.

The feedback for this type of tea will always be excellent. Not only in terms of taste, it will actually make you feel good right after you have the tea as well as in the long run due to the real herbs and spices. We at Mittal Teas get high quality herbs from Himachal and spices from Kerala. The CTC is from Assam. We are not just trying to endorse our brand here, rather, we would encourage every chai lover to avoid the fake Masala Tea and go for any authentic one instead. Needless to point out, a good quality tea can make or break your day. Are you choosing quality over quantity for the things that matter?

 

Water is the Soul of Tea

Being a tea businesses person, and especially because of personally being there at our tea house in Sunder Nagar or Barakhamba Road, we get first hand feedback from tea lovers from different cultures, countries and most importantly with a subjective palette. We strive day and night to hand pick tea batches that are nothing but the best, but when you get a not so good feedback, it is definitely not a “Friday feeling”.

To our surprise, 8 out of 10 of those feedbacks came from people who were using water UNFIT for tea! Yes, I agree, in this day and age, we assume that the water in our home and workplace is just fine. But you are about to discover something new just now.

Here are the different types of water and how they impact our teas:

  1. Tap Water: The hardness depends on the ground water and thus varies from region to region. This water is rich in the ENEMY of tea, namely Chlorine. This chlorine is bound to alter the authentic aroma of the tea.
  2. Filtered Water: This is definitely better than Tap Water. Although it is not nearly perfect. Filtered water will again take the help of charcoal to trap the chlorine and calcium. Although the aroma will not be too affected, the taste in this case, might vary. Consider heating this water (do not boil) and letting it cool. If it still tastes like some minerals, you need to abandon this water brewing tea.
  3. Mineral or Bottled Water: Here there 2 types – one that is rich in minerals and one that is not. Choose the latter. Reason being simple – the minerals will again meddle with the tea constituents in terms of the flavor or aroma.

Common myths:

a. Boiling the water will solve all miseries: As the water starts to boil, turn off the kettle. As much as you boil it, the more oxygen will be lost. Oxygen is very important for any type of tasting as it enables the aroma compounds to reach our nasal passage.

b. Adding more lead = more taste: the amount of tanning must be in balance, failing which, the might become bitter or astringent. The standard 2g per cup i.e 150mL.

c. Longer brew time = bitter disappointment: Most people are clueless about how long to brew a certain type of tea. But most people also have a tendency to extract the most out of the tea leaves by leaving them in water longer. This is almost like overcooking your meal.

Hope this article was helpful in understanding the impact and importance of water used for teas. As it is commonly said, “God is in the detail” as well as “Devil is in the detail”, meaning – a very small detail like this, can either make your tea terrible or make it heavenly.

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This place is a giver!

It’s the year 2018 and everyone is hustling to make it big. In big cities and tourist cities, tourists would often get fleeced and sometimes, even locals! In times like this, this place stands out as it is offering a Professional Tea Tasting experience for free, no strings attached since over 2 decades!

Do you like tea? Did you know that India is 2nd largest producer of teas? Would you like to take tea as a souvenir for your friends back home? If you said YES to any of the above, then Mittal Teas is the place to go. A quaint little shop in Sunder Nagar Market, almost as small as Harry Potter’s room under the staircase, this place is big on tea! The best part – you can try as many teas as you like and get to learn all about them for absolutely free! Mittal Teas is more than half a century old and their teas have been to Hollywood parties, Mr.Obama’s delegation, most of the luxury hotels in India and even some of the royal families. The staff is super friendly and the store is always full of expats from all over the world.

They have 2 more branches: Barakhamba Road and Global Foyer Mall. If you are a group of more than 5, the it’s better to opt one these 2 branches which are relatively much more spacious.

From premium Darjeeling teas to exotic floral tea blends, they have it all. Some other products worth mentioning: Assam Black Gold, Jasmine Green Tea, Apple Cinnamon Green Tea, Darjeeling Royal Muscatel, Mango Tea and Hand Rolled Green Tea.

 

How to correctly brew tea

Eight out of every ten people are brewing their tea wrong!

Our mission is transcend the quality of your much awaited tea breaks. Next time you’re making time for tea, make it count, and see yourself bounce back to life!

Water.

Start with cold, fresh, filtered water, make sure the kettle is not rusty. Water should be a little less than boiling.
Remember: tap water has too many chemicals which hampers the taste, microwaved water is not evenly heated, and reheated water loses its oxygen.

Timing

Timing is key.

White Teas, Floral Teas : 5 min
Mild Black and green teas, Oolong: 4 min
Assam, Flavoured, Spice teas, CTC: 2-3 min

Wish for a stronger cup? Add more leaves instead of brewing it longer.

Storage

Tea must be stored in an opaque & air tight caddy/container. Thumb rule – keep it away from light & moisture.

Gourmet Herbal Teas for Winters

A cosy blanket, sitting by the fireplace, staying a little longer in the quilt, the autumnal colour of the trees and a nice warm cup of your favourite tea – these are undoubtedly some of the best parts about Winters. Our recommendations to make your winters even more special:

Hibiscus and Honey
Energising in the winters, very rich in Vitamin C. Antidepressant, manages high BP, lowers cholesterol, Honey is very high in antioxidants, great for warding off a cough and cold.

Mandarin White Tea
Warm citrus feeling; White tea is the richest in Anti-Oxidants as compared to any other tea namely Green Tea, Black Tea or Oolong. Top of the ladder for overall wellness, zero caffeine, can be reused up to 2 times within 24 hours. Great for weight loss and immunity.

Spicy Rooibos – ginger, cinnamon, tulsi, cloves, Rooibos
No caffeine; vitamin C, great for weight loss and immunity. Spices provide numerous health benefits which help you fight infections, stay active and rejuvenated, Rooibos is South African tea and not many tea houses will have this hidden gem.
Ginger Assam
Great morning tea, can be had with a little bit of milk and sugar. Ginger fights infections and enhances immunity. Provides warmth and just the right invigoration to kickstart the day.
Vann Tulsi, Rose, Cardamom

Mild spa-like treatment through a cup; therapeutic, delicious, nourishing, good for hair and skin. Vann tulsi is very rare and it’s the purest form of Tulsi, excellent for overall health.

Masala Tea
A traditional Indian recipe combining choicest teas from Assam and exotic herbs from Kerala. The selection and proportion of herbs are based on ancient Indian Ayurvedic science. Apart from many health benefits, this tea is particularly beneficial in colds and mild fevers.
Kashmiri Kahwa
A traditional beverage evolved in the valley of Kashmir & accepted universally as a rare delicacy. It consists of Green tea, Green Cardamom Pods and Cinnamon Bark. A purely natural product, it has a wonderful aroma, light colour and delicious taste. People in Kashmir sip this healthy blend all day long for warmth and comfort.

Herbal Tea for Dogs

Humans have used herbs and spices to add flavour to their food and to treat ailments for thousands of years. So, it should not be surprising that there are many herbs and spices that are good for dogs.

Holistic medicine for dogs includes the use of herbs and spices to treat wounds, ameliorate and remedy ailments and diseases. Allopathic veterinary medicine is by nature a discipline that is designed to excel at emergency medicine, whereas day-to-day health – diet, nutrition, wellness is not the traditional realm of allopathic medicine.

Herbs and spices offer a natural and effective nurturing, that can be used to uplift the overall wellness of many animals on a daily basis.

Ingredients

Decaf Green tea

Full of antioxidants minus the caffeine. Promotes overall wellness.

Arjuna Bark

Aids healthy heart and circulation, lower’s BP, strengthens weak heart muscle. Ideal for senior dogs to help protect them against heart deterioration.

Tulsi

Benefits the immune system; assists in preventing infection & disease in the oral cavity; improves appetite & digestion; reduces gas.

Mint

Aromatic and purifying herb, with notable anti infective properties, keeps mouth & throat healthy and free of odour.

Liquorice

Shown to minimise reactions of insect bites, eczema, symptoms of allergies. Iodine and iron makes it good for nutritional support and pigmentation.

Turmeric

Rich in flavonoids that help relieve stress, promotes healthy blood flow, immune system and lowers BP.

Fenugreek

Helps maintain weight and condition.

Lemongrass

Deodorising effect on the mouth and digestive tract; also helps relieve symptoms of cough, nasal & sinus congestion.

Ginger

Aids food absorption, toothache, ulcers, gum infections and reduces gas.

Garlic

Strengthens the body’s defence against diseases and acts as a flee repellant.

Cinnamon

Mild diuretic; high in anti oxidants; helps cleanse blood and liver.

 

FAQ

Q: Is it safe?
A: All our blends are made using herbs that are deemed safe for animal consumption. To make sure of this, commissioned an investigative report that means they are classed as ‘veterinary approved as safe’. If you have any specific concerns over whether to give these products to your dog, or if they would conflict with any medication they are currently on, you can always seek advice from your vet. We DO NOT recommend giving of the blends to puppies and pregnant or nursing dogs.

Q: Can’t I just give my dog normal tea or regular herbal teas?
A: What you choose to give your dog is ultimately up to you. Lots of people do give their dogs tea, even with milk and sugar but this isn’t something we would recommend. Caffeine is not good for dogs and milk is very hard on their digestive system. As for sugar…. words fail us on that one we’re afraid, other than please don’t give your dog sugar! BOW-WOW blends have been specially designed for a dog’s general well being, with each herb added having a specific purpose.

Q: Isn’t this just another gimmick?
A: No! Absolutely not. Whilst the idea of giving your dog a cup of herbal tea might sound mad, there are huge health benefits to supplementing your dogs diet with key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. By infusing these herbs in hot water, you can ensure all the lovely goodness is being extracted from them. If you still feel a little sceptical, don’t take our word for it – try it to believe it!

Q: What if my dog doesn’t like to drink much?
A: Some of our customers have this issue and have already contacted us to say that they now pour the infusion (without the cold water top-up) onto their dog’s meal. is way they are still going to gain all the nutrients and benefits from the brew. If you choose to serve it this way, please ensure you DO NOT SERVE HOT. Wait until the infusion has fully cooled before giving to your dog.

Q: My dog is on medication, can they still have BOW-WOW Tea?
A: Whilst our blends are veterinary approved as safe, we would always recommend discussing this with your vet before to make sure it will not conflict with any medication your dog might be on.

Q: I have more than one dog, how much should I use?

A: Some of our current customers do use one bag between two or three dogs but we would

always recommend one teabag bag per dog per day, ensuring that the bag is allowed to infuse

as noted on the brewing instructions, to get the maximum bene t.

Q: What recommendations are made when using BOW-WOW products?
A: BOW-WOW seek external advice from a team of experts, including veterinary surgeons, who advise the following: It is not essential, but is recommended, that dogs are over 4 months old before starting any supplement product because their immune and digestive systems may be immature before this age. If your dog is pregnant or nursing, or suffers from a chronic, long-term illness or disease you may wish to seek advice from your veterinary surgeon before using this product alongside other medication. Please remember this product is a herbal supplement only and should not be used to directly replace normal nutrition or medicine prescribed from a veterinary surgeon

Best Tea in Gurgaon | Cafe cum Tea House

Stacked to the shelves, complex sweet aroma, tiny but big enough – some of the traits of our quaint little shop in Sunder Nagar can now be seen on Golf Course Road. Best of Darjeeling, Masala Tea Mango Tea, Sencha, Chinese Jasmine Tea, Oolong, Ice teas and many more!

Moreover, it has a cafe right next to it where we serve the best of our teas and Waffles!

Global Foyer Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon – Our newest little addition is very close to our heart just like you all.

Here’ why you should drop by:

  • Free wifi in the cafe – coming soon!
  • Mittal’s Tea packets – perfect for gifting
  • If you moved to Gurgaon and miss us sometimes

We are looking forward to see you there!

Buddhism & Tea

It is easy for us to conclude that man discovered the virtues of tea early. But we cannot ignore the endorsement provided to this by the Buddhist Monks. The practice of meditation among the monks for a higher level of self realisation, gave them a higher intellect. They discovered that consumption of tea refreshed their minds and inspired thoughts of wisdom and peace.

Throughout history, we come across prominent individuals – poets, playwrights, thinkers who thought that tea provided a rare balance of being energising and calming; it soothed the nerves of a frayed mind and, at the same time provoked clever & thoughtful reasoning among the people of average intelligence.

The spread of Buddhism, certainly resulted in tea acquiring a higher pedestal among the commodities traded on the silk route. Its steady rise in demand in Russia, Iran, Turkey gave the Chinese growers a lot to cheer about.

But the big boost in trade happened when ships from europe anchored on the South East Chinese ports and vied with each other to get a larger share of the trade. Every time the ships grew bigger and faster, the chinese businessmen found innovative ways to exploit to the hilt, their position of monopolistic strength. Contrary to the role of Buddhism in the spread of tea, the other major religion of of asia, Hinduism, remained aloof and disconnected.

In fact when the english tea companies, tried to introduce tea to Indians in the late nineteenth century, it was opposed by the locals. For the majority of Indians, milk was all goodness – pure, nutritious, fit for the Gods. Whereas tea, they thought, induced physical weakness, produced a jittery sensation in the nerves, and was a mild addiction.