Tea being the most widely consumed drink in the world after water, it was just a matter of time before we pinned the two most distinguished tea styles in Pune to a test. Early morning, mid day, evening or nighttime, drinking tea doesn’t have a “right” time per say.
Let’s take a look at the two oldest and most-loved forms of tea in our city today.
Amrut Tulya Chaha
Most Amrut Tulyas in Pune have been established in the 1950s and 1960s. One has even been around since the 1920s. These institutions of tea serve the local style of chaha. The word Amrut means ‘Nectar’ so in essence it means comparable to nectar. The cooking process in basically milk, tea, water and sugar boiled together with the added masala. Each masala is a slightly different variation of the respective owner’s recipe. Ginger is added for the extra kick and finally they stir it to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
The flavor of this very Indian origin tea is intense to say the least. The colour is a little on the darker side from the added ingredients and you can definitely taste the ginger. Overall, the caffeine content seems to be pretty adequate.
Places you can enjoy this nectar of the Gods:
Aadya Amrut Tulya, Sonya Maruti Chowk
Sadguru Amrut Tulya, Kothrud
Deepak Special Tea House, Budhwar Peth
Brought to Pune by the Persian Immigrants in the 20th Century, Irani Cafes serving Irani Chai seem to be on every major crossroad in our city today. The preparation is a lot different. The tea, sugar and water are boiled in a separate container, while the milk along with some condensed milk is boiled separately. The tea is only mixed when a customer places the order. They do add some “special” ingredients, which again is a trade secret.
The flavour of this immigrant tea is very robust, the colour is more red than brown and it basically has no other added ingredients to enhance the taste. Long story short, it’s tea and just that.
Places you can enjoy this imported liquid gold:
Café Good luck, Deccan
Vohuman Café, Dhole Patil Road
Café Yazdan, Camp
After years of drinking both these kinds of teas and not being biased because I grew up in an Iranian Household, I guess monsoons and winters call for Amrut Tulya tea and the summer calls for the Irani Chai. Get your tea on, Punekars!