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CHAI LOVE YOU.

CHAI LOVE YOU.

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A note of caution: the subject matter I'm about to bring up can become quite heated. In fact, it's best if it's hot. And while I may be in the minority, I still have to stand up in my truth. And that is: MASALA CHAI OVER COFFEE. 

My parents played the long game masterfully (is raising your kids playing a long game? Discuss amongst yourselves). How did I not see this coming? Because my parents made chai every morning as a kid, now, as an adult, IT IS WHAT I WANT. And to clarify, when I was younger, I did not want it. I had a sip here or there, like you do when you try to impress those around you and order a very strong (i.e. NOT FRUIT BASED) cocktail, and one sip in you realize you should have embraced your basic self and ordered the pink champagne. Now, on random afternoons, I see myself turning into an older Indian man who wants to sit around in his cardigan, sip chai and eat biscuits. And I AM LOVING IT.

I was fortunate enough to have a dad who made his own masala for chai from scratch. How long have I known my dad? 33 years. How many times have I seen him make chai? Probably thousands. And if you were to say "Hey Reshma, I will give you $50 million dollars if you can tell me the recipe." Well folks, I'm sad to say that I would still be right here. I would not be on my private island hanging out with Oprah, because I literally have no idea what is in it or how to make it. With that being said, here's the one hot tip I have: the only real way to make masala chai is in a pot, on the stove. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.

    Also, let it be known that I don't hate coffee. I go to Starbucks like anybody else who knows nothing about coffee, beans or brewing, and I proudly order my Iced Caramel Macchiato. Only to realize that when I go to a fancier coffee shop, I confront the harsh judgement of the barista who says "If you want it like Starbucks, you actually have to order a latte with caramel to get the same flavor." WHAT IS THAT NONSENSE? THAT IS CONFUSING. And while I will continue to get to know coffee better, unfortunately, it will never be my first love. (That is so gross. I hear you all asking me to stop with this metaphor, and I am heeding your warning.) 

    Finally, to wrap this up so I can go make myself a cup of chai, here are my Masala Chai + Biscuit power rankings:

    1. Parle-G: THE NUMBER ONE selling biscuit in the world. (Basically, the Serena Williams of biscuits).
    2. Everything else.
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    So you just have to be different

    So you just have to be different