Any time is
tea time in India. We, Indians are ready for a cuppa anytime of the day. I still
remember the days when my Granny used to ask for tea, everyone in the family
agreed to it and asked for a small cup each. This shows our undying love for
Tea is India's most popular drink - the country consumes
approx. 900,000 tonnes of it every year.
India, only gained popularity as a national beverage in the 19th century after
the British began to create large scale tea plantations in order to ensure
adequate supplies for their country’s growing thirst. India is one of the
world’s largest suppliers of tea, and yet because of this very recent history,
tea has not had time to appropriate any elaborate tea rituals like in Japan or
China. Although not ritualized, tea is more a part of everyday life at home,
work, on the streets and while traveling.
Chai is the
preferred style of tea sold on the streets, at railway stations and at cafes.
Chai is strong black tea, spiced with cardamom, fennel, cloves or other spices,
sweetened with sugar and mixed with milk for a sweet and creamy beverage that
many Westerners would know as Chai tea. This tea is often enjoyed with a savory
snack like samosas or biscuits or rusk. Usually street vendors or train
stations will sell this tea in small clay cups that are only used once, and
then smashed after use. Whether enjoyed on the street or at home, Chai provides
respite from the heat or weariness from travel or work.
Party at Eros Hotel, New Delhi celebrates this tradition of having tea anytime
of the day, whether we are alone or socializing with friends and family. Chai
Di Party aka CDP is a great concept through which we got a chance to savour the
most flavorful masala tea or Ghar ki Chai
as they are calling it with a serving of Fan (light filo pastry) and cookies.
Chef Nikhil Rastogi has come up with great variations in the snacks which are part
of the festival. The ever so popular Samosa
is stuffed with mawa, green peas and raisins which give out an awesome flavor.
The most innovative was the Jalebi Chaat;
yes you read it right Jalebi ki Chaat.
We also liked the drinks like the Jamun
Thanda which is an awesome concoction of dried berries and is highly recommended.
The Bhajia and the Stuffed Mirch Pakoras with Dhokla ni Dhokla needs to be savoured too.
doubt, I can say that CDP is a beautiful concept and should continue forever as
it gives everyone a chance to socialize with friends, family and also business
contacts over a cup of chai and snacks.
Venue: Tea Lounge, Lobby Level, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place,
New Delhi - 110019
Timings: 10:00 hrs – 18:00 hrs
Validity: On till 30th April 2017
Price: INR 250 + taxes each
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