Bollywood Theater Masala Chai Loose Leaf Tea


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Make no mistake, this is not the weak, boring chai you find on supermarket shelves. Our Bollywood Theater Masala Chai is as close as you can get to the stuff served by the Chai Wallahs in the streets of Delhi. 

Featured in Bon Appetit's "The Best Chai You Can Buy" and an editor's choice at Food & Wine

This is an authentic, rich and robust Masala Chai blend featuring the freshest Indian Assam Black Tea, Green Cardamom, Cloves, Black Pepper and Ginger (plus more) we could find. We worked with Bollywood Theater's Chef Troy MacLarty, to put together the same blend he serves in his award-winning, third-eye opening restaurants. 

My partner on the ground in India, Mr. Divakar, travels from farm to farm, estate to estate, cherry-picking the freshest spices just for us. He ships them to us in small-batches, so things remain crazy fresh. You'll understand what I'm talking about the second you tear open a bag. 

Delicious served hot or on ice. The 3 oz package makes about 10 cups. The 8 oz tube makes about 25. And the pound size makes about 50. Add sugar to taste. If you're looking to make individual cups, check out our Stainless Steel Brew Basket.

Don't miss our other Bollywood Theater Masalas too.

Bollywood Theater is a wildly popular Indian street food eatery with two locations in Portland, Oregon. Both are just a rickshaw ride from downtown.

  • Choose Net Wt. 3oz, 8oz or 16 oz.
  • 3oz makes about 10 cups, 8oz makes about 25 cups, 16oz makes about 50 cups
  • An authentic rich and robust loose leaf tea featuring the freshest farm-direct tea and spices in India
  • Delicious served hot or cold over ice
  • Formulated exclusively for Reluctant Trading by Chef Troy MacLarty of the critically acclaimed Bollywood Theater eateries in Portland, Oregon
  • Sealed in food-grade mylar bag
  • Packaged in resealable kraft tube
  • Masala Chai Ingredients: Assam Black Tea, Green Cardamom, Cloves, Black Pepper, Fennel Seeds, Ginger Root, Cinnamon and Bay Leaves
  • Add 1/3 cup whole milk and 2/3 cup water to a saucepan over high heat. Mix in 1 1/2 tablespoons of Bollywood Theater Masala Chai Blend. Bring nearly to boil, stirring occasionally. Turn heat to simmer and steep for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain, add sugar to taste, enjoy.

Regular Non-Rush Delivery starts at just $3.95. It's very reasonable.

It's darn fast too. Almost all orders arrive in just a few days.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Would hate for you to be unhappy. The world has enough unhappiness. We're here to make you happy. Okedoke?

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Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
So perfect

This is the perfect warm and spicy drink for a cold winter's night. Get the big bag.

Very pleased

The Masala Chai is the best. I have to limit my intake to 2 cups a day or I’d go broke :-) love to wake up to a cup of Chai and start my day ❤️

Hmmm...replacing my coffee???

Scott, I appreciated our conversation on the phone, about life, about the efforts that have gone into the sourcing of your quality ingredients and your kind words regarding my service in the military.

Our chai arrived just prior to the holidays. Your chai is wonderful! The first couple of brews were different and something to adjust to. It felt like an "I like this, but I am not sure how to take it..." moment. I decided to take my new chai in my bag when we went out to visit family for Christmas day. It seemed that with the huge aromatic qualities of your chai, this would be the perfect group chai testing.

Needless to say, your chai was a complete hit. Not only was it pleasant and enjoyable as a beverage, but there were claimed benefits of opening sinus passages of stuffy faces. By the morning of the following day, at least one ordered their own chai from you in order to avoid being without it for very long. I guess I should have left my chai with them as a gift...but I was selfish;) I believe there was a second family ordering this as well.

I drink a morning freshly ground cappuccino and generally a second when heading out the door for work. Well, I am now reaching for a chai to take in my to-go cup, and thinking about purchasing a thermos so I can take a couple of cups for my day. Indulgence.

My personal note. For ease, and a balance of brew qualities, I have moved to single cup brewing in a large (not small) clamshell type tea strainer. I use a heaping tablespoon and 212 degree water from the espresso machine, stir while brewing to make sure I am getting max contact with the chai, sweeten with a teaspoon and a little more of raw sugar, and a splash of half and half. Perfection...

Thanks again and thank you for bringing a quality product forward for the rest of us to enjoy. I look forward to trying your masala and by the way, your peppercorns are superb.

I didn't think it was possible to be this addicted

The masala chai is, in the most understated manner possible, perfect in every way. Spicy, fragrant, strong, delicate, fresh, pungent; I could go on. It is everything that one could hope for in a chai, and is far more than just head and shoulders above the competition.

I find myself ordering the masala chai time and time again, not only because it is so tasty and satisfying, but I haven't (and doubt I will) find any substitute within 20% of its quality. Do yourself a favor and get some of this stuff! You will not regret it.

Love the chai!

I love the mix of spices plus the fact that you can put as much or as little sugar as you like.

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