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गरम चाय की प्याली हो … Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Hindi Language

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Garam chai ki pyaali ho …
Aah, now if only I had a cup of hot chai …

The history of tea is thousands of years old. Yet the humble cup of tea remains till date a beverage that can embody hospitality, provide relaxation from a tired day, be an excuse to meet and catch up with old friends, or just offer you something in which to dip your biscuits or tea rusk. Whichever way you enjoy it, the robust tea remains unmatched in flavor and variety … in fact, the ubiquitous cafe pitched brews that have popped have popped up on cafe drink menus, have very little in common with real chai, besides the name. Here is a nicely written blog post about the significance of tea in Indian culture.

From Assam to Ceylon and China to Iran, the flavors of tea are varied and tantalizing. आज मसाला चाय बनाना सीखते हैं। (Aaj masala chai banana seekhte hain.)  Let’s learn to make a cup of  Indian masala chai … कड़क  (kadak) if you like it strong, हल्का (halka) if you like it milky and light. All you need are 5 ingredients — tea powder/leaves चाय पत्ती  (chai patti), milk दूध (doodh), sugar चीनी/शक्कर (cheenee/shakkar), water पानी (paani), and tea spice चाय मसाला (chai masala).

Read the vocabulary words provided first.

Then watch the video and follow along.

गरम garam hot
चाय chai tea
प्याली pyaali cup
चाय पत्ती chai patti tea leaves
मसाला masala spice
बनाना banana to make
सीखते हैं seekhte hain let us learn
कड़क kadak strong
हल्का hulka light
दूध doodh milk
चीनी/शक्कर cheenee/shakkar sugar
पानी paani water
उबालें /उबालना ubaale/ubaalna boil (imperative)/to boil
डालें /डालना daale/daalna put/add (imperative)/to put or add
छलनी chhalni strainer
छानना chhanna to strain
चम्मच chum-much spoon
एक ek one
एक चौथाई ek chauthaee one quarter
तीन चौथाई teen chauthaee three quarters
आनंद उठाएं aanand uthaaen enjoy/take pleasure
लगबघ  lug-bugh approximately
चुस्की chuski slurp
अद्रक कूटकर adrak kootkar grind ginger
पककड़ pukkud kitchen tongs
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Namaste, friends. My name is Nitya. I was born and raised in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). I'm a native Hindi speaker. However, as life took me through school, college, work, and waves of friends from different parts of India, my repertoire of Hindi flavors and dialects grew and added dimension to my native fluency. Casual, formal, colloquial, and regional ... Hindi is a language with incredible variety and localization. Through this blog, I will help you learn Hindi through conversations, vocabulary, colloquialisms, and glimpses of Indian culture. आओ, मिलकर हिंदी सीखते हैं। (Aao, milkar Hindi seekhte hain!) Come, let's learn Hindi together.