If you had told me a year ago that I would be in India drinking curried tea, I’d have laughed you off the boat. I’d heard of curry for breakfast and I’d even heard rumours of curried ice cream, but curried tea? As a tea-drinking Brit I spluttered and guffawed at this ridiculous notion.
Well, here I am, drinking curried tea. Yes, I’m on my third cup of the morning and it’s really rather good!
In truth it is black tea, the kind your grandparents stored in those vertically mounted plastic tea dispensers from the 60s, very twiggy and woody. After adding a couple of tea spoons of this one then adds half a teaspoon of masala powder. Seriously, it’s not a typo.
Contrary to local tradition we prefer no sugar, no milk, just an extremely refreshing black tea with a very mild kick to it. It is delicious. I’d recommend trying it, and I know Tetley do a Masala tea, but there’s definitely a time and a place for it: in India on a hot day.