It’s a cuppa like no different. Each night in Islamabad a crowd arrives at Sanaullah’s avenue stall to style his tandoori chai — milk tea served in terracotta mugs, nonetheless sizzling from his conventional oven.
The old style cups are positioned immediately contained in the tandoor, the place they’re baked at excessive temperatures.
The tea, ready individually, is then poured in to the cups, the place it begins to boil on hitting the new clay.
In Pakistan, the place the traditional milk tea — thick, robust, and generously candy — dominates all strata of society, the actual alchemy of tandoori chai seduces patrons intrigued by its conventional roots and distinct earthy style.
The tandoor is ubiquitous in South Asia, mostly used to bake bread.
However the idea of constructing tea this fashion, is the primary draw for a lot of, explains Sanaullah, the jovial proprietor of a stylish store positioned in an upmarket space of the Pakistani capital.
“The method of constructing it’s actually very attention-grabbing, which makes individuals prefer it,” he mentioned, including that the tea additionally has a smoky taste which attracts many.
Sitting among the many clients on a low rush stool, Muhammad Ishaq Khawar is a frequent buyer.
“There’s a totally different sort of ambiance, particularly the best way by which we’re served tea. It was a really outdated system which works again to the outdated days when the terracotta pots had been used,” he explains.
It might appear to be a distinct segment product however the drink has turn out to be so widespread the Tandoori Chai Firm cafes, which not too long ago launched in Lahore, has expanded to a second department.
And whereas espresso tradition has caught on in Pakistan’s fundamental cities with massive title chains and native cafes a success city youths, tea, no matter how it’s ready, is nonetheless a vital part of the every day menu.
The nation is without doubt one of the high tea customers globally in line with analysis agency Euromonitor Worldwide, whereas a latest research by Gallup discovered 73 % of Pakistani tea drinkers have a minimum of two or extra cups a day.
“Not solely in Pakistan, however in all the subcontinent, it has been combined in our blood,” says Mohammad Asim Khan, a buyer at a small eatery in Islamabad.
He provides: “Your bodily fatigue will go away by taking tea and also you get recent.”