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Street chai just got trendier

Chetna Dua , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 29, 2013
First Published: 17:10 IST(29/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:41 IST(30/3/2013)

If you crave for a hot authentic masala chai on a hectic day of work or in the middle of your extensive shopping spree, the Jugmug Thela (a chai stall on wheels) might surely attract you.

Started by Jiten Suchede, a 30-year-old graphic designer, the Thela on wheels is made of wooden shipping pallet bought from a kabaadiwala and can be moved about from one area to another with ease. “Earlier, people used to throng tea thelas. Conversation would just flow at these joints. But now, people only go to a high-end cafe to catch up with friends,” says Suchede.

One of the key reasons for city folks not preferring to stop at a street side stall is the lack of hygiene, a fact that Suchede has focussed to improve on at his thela. “I want to re-introduce Dilliwallas to the joy of street culture,” he says.

The thela’s patent item is a cup of simple masala chai made with mineral water, fresh milk and an assortment of 12 spices ground together for Rs. 50. Apart from masala chai, the thela serves a variety of 10-12 tea and coffees. Those who like it spicy can try the Chat-pa-tea, which is sweet, spicy and sour.

You can also relish the classic, Darjeeling and Jasmine Green tea flavours, or go for the unique Chocolate cinnamon ice-chai. If you still prefer coffee, sip on some Dota Tarrazu, a single origin Costa Rican Coffee or Ca Phe Su Da, a Vietnamese hot coffee that turns cold as you begin to sip it. Bite into homemade cakes, granola bars without added sugar and fresh Cous Cous salad, all priced between Rs. 50 to Rs. 150.

Catch him here
What: Jugmug Thela
When: March 30
Timing: 11am to 7pm
Where: German Spring Fair, Indo- German Chamber of Commerce, 2, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri
Nearest Metro Station: Race Course on Yellow Line


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