World Recipe Exchange: Pakistani Tea
This month we are inviting you to join us for a cup of traditional Pakistani tea. At this lunchtime Tea & Coffee Gathering, we will be hosted by Salma of Delicious Asian Food, who will prepare Masala Chai (mixed-spice tea; Urdu: مصالحہ چائے), served with samosa and some traditional biscuits.
Tea is one of the most consumed beverages in Pakistan, where in the official language of Pakistan, Urdu, it is called chai (چائے). Consumption of tea is of central significance in Pakistani culture: it is drunk as part of everyday meals, at family gatherings, and offered to guests as a symbol of hospitality. The preparation methods differ from home to home, but it is typically brewed using loose black tea leaves, often with a mixture of aromatic spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. All the ingredients are boiled together before being strained and served with milk and sugar. As well as being served at home and in restaurants, chai is commonly sold at street-side tea stalls by professional tea-makers called chaiwalla.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
About World Recipe Exchange:
World Recipe Exchange is a programme of food events based at Ormston House. We bring people together to explore the international culinary heritage of Limerick and to create meeting spaces for people of all cultures. As we cook, taste and share food, we are also creating a database of recipes that originate from all corners of the world but are nowadays cooked side by side in the kitchens of our city.
Why food? Eating and celebrating is a great way to bring people together. Culinary rituals go far beyond mere food consumption: they accompany the most important events of our lives and foster the culture of sharing and generosity. Food is an important element of our identities and a significant aspect of belonging and feeling at home. This project highlights such qualities of culinary traditions and how our cooking traditions continue and change in new contexts.