Chai is the term used for tea in many Asian and Arabic countries and also in Slavic speaking countries of Europe. The term is derived from the Chinese word "cha" (茶) for tea.
In India is chai masala also simply called chai. Chai is black tea brewed with various spices, sugar and milk. There are also pre-mixes with the necessary spices available. The ingrediance for chai are:
- strong black tea e.g. Assam
- Sugar, sirup or honey
- Spices like cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, clove, caraway, pepper and star anise. Usually is cardamon the predominant spice.
Sometimes are also variants with muscat, coriander, rosebuds or almond brewed. In western countries is also chai brewed with roiboos, chocolate or vanilla popular.