Was so happy to find this Kerala tea shop in Bangalore today. In a day filled with back-to-back work meetings, I was called to Lazy Suzy for a meeting and happened to spot this nicely done up shop with lotsa fun wall creatives. The Samovar told me that this’s my kinda place for sure. So I shifted my meeting to Chai & Kadi (that’s the name of the tea shop). Avo shake was replaced by the good ol’ Chai-ya (Kerala style tea)

The Kerala tea is special. Unlike the boiled tea which one gets elsewhere in the country. Which can be at best described as of national obsession to drink tea flavoured milk. Kerala actually brews tea and adds it to the milk. The tea leaves in question are obviously Crush-Tear-Curl (CTC) which produces a strong cuppa and I suspect a bit of tea dust’s added

Chai & Kadi is a wonderful concept run by a Malayali couple from Calicut and with their young daughter to help. Had some lovely snacks there including Elae-Ada (rice flour dumpling with a stuffing of coconut and sugar, wrapped in banana leaf and steamed), Param Narachathe (ethekya banana stuffed with coconut and batter fried), Kappa-Chammandi (steamed tapioca with a pounded spicy green chilly-onion-ginger dip)
And finally there was something called Love Letter, a rolled pancake with a cooked coconut and sugar stuffing. The Malayali sense of humour coming through nicely with Love Letter 😊

I loved Chai and Kadi. The problem with tea places in India is the trap of pretentiousness they fall into. Places like C&K are a breadth of fresh air and I sincerely hope they find their feet and do well

More power to them 💪🏽

Kerala tea shop in Bangalore

Kerala tea shop in Bangalore


Kerala tea shop in Bangalore

Bajra biscuits at Chai and Kadi


Kerala tea shop in Bangalore

Samovar at Chai and Kadi Bangalore


Kerala tea shop in Bangalore

Lovely wall creatives at Chai and Kadi. Kerala tea shop in Bangalore


Kerala tea in Bangalore

Kappa-Chammandi at Chai and Kadi Bangalore


Kerala tea shop in Bangalore

Ethekya banana being kept for ripening