The Art of Chai is an exploration of the origins of this spiced tea, which is deep rooted in Indian and Ayurvedic culture. The complex flavours of chai and how chai is traditionally brewed all adds to the mystery surrounding this famed drink, an essential in Indian culture and now having gained a strong following in the Western world. To understand what chai actually is, we will explore its culture, taste, ingredients and brewing methods. Hosted by Australia's leading chai expert, Uppma Virdi from Chai Walli, this class will equip you with the right skills to truly understand authentic masala chai. "Chai is my language of bringing people together and really creating a sense of uninon." By the end of this class you will be able to: • Understand the history and culture of chai in India • Identify the key steps to create a chai blend - bringing together black tea and specific spices for both their taste and healing properties • Identify and taste different varieties of chai and how the brewing method is a vital part of the chai process • Be fully equipped to brew chai at home using traditional Indian methods What you need to know: • The class will be conducted via zoom, you will receive a link to enter the call after booking • All ingredients and kitchen tools are mentioned in the menu section below • Pricing per household About your host Uppma: Uppma is the grandaughter of an Ayurvedic doctor who specialised in Indian spices and remedial chai, and she really wanted to carry on his tradition for the art of chai. She is on a mission to bring proper Indian chai culture to Australia. Her rich Indian upbringing involved playing and experimenting with Indian herbs and spices. She followed her passion and ditched law to start her own business 'Chai Wallis' and in 2016 she was named Business Woman of the year, and last year she scored a spot in Forbes 30 under 30.
Uppma is a warm and gracious host. She made us feel welcome in her apartment and cooked us a wonderfully unique meal. We enjoyed great conversation as she served meals which have been passed down through her family. The food was incredible, every course was perfect and so thoughtfully prepared with all of the trimmings to go with it. We ate our way through the night whilst being given pointers on how to use roti to ‘shovel’ the curry and being shown pictures of traditional chai brewing in India. The spark in Uppma’s eyes as she discussed the food of her North Indian heritage and the chai legacy which she has taken on from her grandfather was incredibly special to witness. When there was no food left, the chai kept flowing as Uppma shared all of her inside tips on the best places to visit and eat in Sydney. We left dinner with a newfound friend, my only sadness being how far I will have to travel to eat the most amazing curry again.Vote : 5/5
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