Thursday, January 23, 2014

Iranian Chai

Iranian chai / Tea is a popular drink in Hyderabad .At one time, Irani chai defined the café culture in Hyderabad, especially the old city. Introduced by settlers from Persia, the beverage and the places serving it evolved into an institution over time.

 There is an interesting story behind Irani chai’s origination in hyderabad.  It is said that Persian immigrants came to Mumbai’s port in last century and prior to that for better life and trade purposes. From Mumbai they migrated to pune and then to Hyderabad. Along with them came the concept of Iranian Chai.

They say that the difference in Irani chai and rest of the tea style made in India varies in the making/ preparing process. The tea leaves are boiled in a separate container along with water and milk is also boiled in separate container. Then while serving to the customers they pour in first the milk then the liquid solution made out of tea leaves. This process is seen in many places which still retain that Iranian touch.

Irani chai is mostly served in a white ceramic cup and saucer

Some of the best places to have Iranian Tea in Hyderabad

Shah Ghouse Restaurant , Shah ali banda Road , Charminar 

Farasha Irani Café and Shahrah Cafe , Charminar 

Paradise , Secunderbad 

Garden restaurant , Near clock tower,Secunderabad 

Sarvi Café at Banjara Hills

Cafe Nimrah,Charminar

Hotel Vijaya Dharsini : Near Venky express outlet , Opp to Cyber Gateway

Alpha Hotel opposite to Secunderabad railway station is also one must have place for tea , though it is not a Iranian chai .

Basically i am not tea lover . But after tasting this Iranian chai , i can't resist my selves from having Iranian chai whenever I cross these Tea shops . In Chennai , Bhurai Hotel ,Mount road is one place where tea is very good . Tea along with Keema Samaso is must have whenever you visit this place .

Is there any Iranian tea shop in Chennai.If so please share.

Never leave Hyderabad without tasting this Iranian chai.

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