Taj Mahal Tea House Mumbai: The Glimpse of India in a cup
- September 27 2021
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India has a truly diverse culture of food and tea preferences. There is no standard tea type or format that is consumed across the length and breadth of this amazing land. Only if you travel from North to South or East to West can you actually fathom the vast range of changing consumer preferences that have surprised and fascinated tea lovers for over 100 years.
The Taj Mahal Tea House, Mumbai has acquired the tea drinking cultures prevalent across various regions & conjured up ‘special and unique’ Premium tea recipes that are sure to appeal to all of our premium Tea lovers.
By visiting the Taj Mahal Tea House, you get a glimpse of some of TMTH’s favourite flavours inspired by culinary preferences, local stories, and legends from a particular region.
Let’s give you a glimpse of some of our favourite tea concoctions
Hyderabad Suleiman Tea: This is a beautiful amber concoction of spices and tea drunk without milk. It is believed that a herbal drink of dates and pepper was brought to the shores of Malabar, Kerala by Arab traders centuries ago. According to legend, Prophet Mohammed used to drink a concoction of herbs and pepper in water that made him very peaceful. Hence, this drink was named ‘Suleiman’ which means ‘a man of peace’. Over the years, the locals of South India added tea to this mixture to give the drink an enhanced taste.
At TMTH, we have used a premium Assam orthodox tea and given a 'Hyderabadi' twist by adding cardamom, jaggery, lemon, star anise, and pepper that not only is an aid to digestion after a hearty meal but also delightfully refreshing.
Kashmiri Kahwa Delight: Kahwa is a traditional green tea preparation consumed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, and Kashmir valley. Kahwa was introduced to Kashmir by the Moghul Emperors through the fabled 'Spice route' of which Kashmir was a central point. Kahwa in Kashmiri means 'sweetened tea'. This tea is also referred to as 'Moghul Chai 'and it is believed that the green tea leaves were sourced from Kangra valley. Today it is still prepared in a Tea Samovar by Kashmiris & accompanied with a lavish dinner. At TMTH we use premium Darjeeling Green Tea spiced with saffron and topped with floating almonds to provide you with a similar regal experience.
Aam Panna Tea Twist: In the scorching North Indian summers, the chilled Aam (raw mango) panna is a favourite that is known for its cooling properties. You can enjoy a variant of this drink at TMTH where we add the Darjeeling Green tea that provides a vibrant and fresh twist along with best raw mangoes, cumin, pepper, and cardamom.
Tangy Pani Puri Tea: Pani Puri is one of the most favourite street food snacks consumed extensively not only in India but also in Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It consists of the ball-shaped, hollow 'Puri' filled lavishly with delightfully astringent tamarind water. At TMTH, we have brought this flavoured water concept to life & crafted our own cold 'Tea Sherbet' by making a blend of Darjeeling green tea, roasted cumin, black salt, and of course - tamarind.
For those of us that love a chilled Nimbu Pani, you can try TMTH’s Nimbu Pudina Cooler, which is another chilled drink made with Darjeeling tea, mint, and lime!
Kolkata Chai: Kolkata is often called the tea capital of India and is home to some of the finest tea shops in the country. The famous 'metre pour' Chaiwala who enacts a visual extravaganza by mixing his tea concoction by lifting it from a height of one metre has created a brand name for himself globally. The masala-based Kolkata chai is essentially milky and very sweet and served in small clay cups that give a signature earthy taste to the brew. At TMTH, we have introduced a variant that has Assam tea, nutmeg, and saffron to immediately give you a taste of the City of Joy!
Monsoon Mellow: During the monsoon, we experimented with many concoctions or ' Kadhas' to keep our internal immunity robust. Try out TMTH Monsoon Mellow this season that has a strong Assam tea fortified with cloves, ginger, cardamom, and honey mixed with warm milk to give you that much needed comfort. Alternatively, you can try TMTH Monsoon Ka Kadha, which is a non-tea concoction composed of Tulsi, lemongrass, ginger and Khus syrup.
In winter, especially in the freezing cold of North India, we all crave for the quintessential masala chai made with spices and black tea that immediately warms and cheers us up. TMTH has conjured up various milky 'hot favourites' such as Bold Spice, Kashmiri Spice, Mumbai Spice, Jaipuri Spice that we have talked extensively about in our previous writeups.
To keep up with the weather, we often have had the experience of having a hot toddy on a cold evening or just before tucking in for the night. Traditionally, a hot toddy is a mixture of spirit, hot water and honey. Cloves, lemons or cinnamon may be added to spice up the drink and give additional health benefits. At TMTH, we have developed a Spiced Tea Toddy style that uses a Smoky mountain Darjeeling Tea as the base fortified with spices, orange and honey to give you a delightfully warm twist on a cold evening. Alternatively, you can try the caffeine-free Spiced Tulsi Toddy style that uses our traditional Tulsi, honey, and lemon to warm you up.
For those of you who have lived in Europe may have experienced the custom of having Mulled wine during Christmas in front of a Christmas tree in the old town square. At TMTH, you can try our Silver Needles and Berries and Darjeeling Rum Raisin that use Darjeeling Tea as base, with berries and spices to give you that festive and wintry experience.
So, do visit our Taj Mahal Tea House in Mumbai, try our wide variety of handcrafted Gourmet teas and get a real glimpse of India in a tea cup!