A cup of tea or as we all love to call it, Chai is the one cup of home brewed cure-all potion that the most of the India wakes up to. It will brighten your mood and refreshen you up.
India has a lot of stories to tell, about tea and over a cup of hot kadak tea. Mumbai is a city of dreams and for all the Mumbaikars a cutting chai and vada pao is the perfect companion to take you through life.
Lets decode the cult phrase ‘Cutting Chai’ for you. Cutting refers to half a glass. Chai is the concoction of tea leaves, milk, sugar, spices like cardamom and ginger. Even though cutting refers to the quantity, the usage of the phrase over the years has imbibed the quality of a perfect drink.
“Boss, ek cutting dena!” is a part of the common daily usage. Tapri refers to the local tea stall that serves cutting chai. Even though cutting chai is now available in many cafe’s and restaurants, for Mumbaikars, none can beat the experience of having it at a tapri, just casually standing and chit chatting with friends with hot vada pao, bread pakora or samosa. If it rains, its just cherry on the cake!
Most of the tea stalls in Mumbai begin their work at around 6 am in the morning and go upto 9 or 10 at night. There is never a dearth of customers or the regulars to whom cutting chai will be delivered at their work place without a fail by a boy mostly called chotu!
Cutting Chai is the street culture which defines Mumbai and its people. Each of the tea stalls or tapris will have their ‘secret method’ of making the tea which they would never disclose, yet its the people who make this culture great!