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Top 5 Indian Teas and Their Benefits

Did you know that India, the Land of Spices, is also a big producer of tea? There are more than 100,000 tea estates with many tea workers around the country. Tea is a big part of India’s culture so it’s no wonder why most of the tea they produce is consumed by its own people.

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The kinds of tea that is grown and produced in India varies depending on its population, geography, and climate. Different tea-growing regions in India provides a different but perfect climate for specific kinds of tea. The three main Indian tea regions are Northern India, known for Assam tea; West Bengal or area near Tibetan Himalaya, known for Darjeeling tea; and Southernmost part, known for Nilgiri tea.

With that said, here are five types of tea that are popular in the Land of Spices.

Assam Tea

As you can tell by the name, it’s a black tea that is native to Assam. It is referred to as the rich, deep-amber liquor, with a brisk, malty taste. Assam tea is known and liked in many other parts of the world. It’s beneficial to our body because it increases mental alertness and helps enhance the immune system and lessen the risk of cell damage which may lead to cancer.  Not only that, the Assam tea is flavourful, packed with antioxidants, and can help relieve tension and nerves, etc.

 

Darjeeling Tea

This is a kind of black tea that is grown in Darjeeling town, located in the state of West Bengal in India. Many people consider this as the “champagne of teas” for its musky-sweet tasting notes that are similar to muscat wine. Darjeeling tea may also have vegetal, mossy, fruity, and citrus flavors. Health benefits include promoting antioxidant capabilities and positive cardiovascular effects, help prevent obesity, improve gut health, address gastric ulcers, and assist with lowering diabetes risk.

 

Nilgiri Tea

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Just like the Darjeeling and Assam tea, it’s a dark, flavourful and aromatic tea that is popular around the world. Nilgiri tea is also known as blue mountain tea and is grown in the southern part of the Western Ghats. It has dark, twisted, chestnut brown shoots. The Nilgiri tea is the “fragrant one” among other teas, and this is said to be full of flavor that is strong but smooth and well-balanced. It helps reduce weight, improve oral health, and fight diabetes.

Masala Chai

This is black tea mixed in with the Indian spices that the country is known to produce: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and elaichi. Because of all its spices, the Masala Chai has a distinct aroma and flavor which makes it very popular not just in India, but also in snack houses all over the world. It’s health benefits include preventing body inflammation and helping beat fatigue.

 

Butter Tea

 

It is said that traditional butter tea begins by simmering compressed pu-erh tea in water for several hours to produce a dark fermented tea that has a very earthy flavor. Next, it is churned with yak butter or yak milk to form a creamy and frothy tea. The Butter Indian Tea’s butter brew fundamentals is a long-standing tradition in both Tibet and India. They say that natives in Tibet treat this tea as food and that the caloric and micronutrient value can provide much-needed sustenance against harsh elements of the region. That’s why they are known to drink more or less 50 cups a day to maintain energy!

 

Which one do you want to taste first? Get your own Indian tea fix at Bombay Hub for authentic and delicious Chai to get you through the day. Bombay Hub Sports Bar and Tandoori Grill is a fast food restaurant that’s a fusion of Western and Indian cuisine. Our first branch is opening very soon at 212 Main St. W Palmerston, ON. You may like our Facebook page for updates and announcements. So are you ready for a new go-to food place near you? Be one of our first customers during the opening and get a cup of our Indian tea for free! Here at Bombay Hub, it’s all about good food, good game, and good company!

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Spend Game Night At The Sports Bar

When NFL season comes in, sports bar are supposed to brace themselves for a jam-packed night. But with streaming trends going off the roof, a lot of people have the option to watch the games at the comfort of their own homes with their families. That is fun too, no doubt —but let’s not forget how different and entertaining it is to celebrate or enjoy the game night at a sports bar. Here are 5 good reasons to hold game nights at a sports bar like Bombay Hub Sports Bar and Tandoori Grill!

  • It’s cheaper than going to a stadium and more enthusiastic than watching at home.

Because money is easy to spend and hard to earn, we love getting what we pay for. Instead of buying tickets to see the game personally, why don’t you and your friends just gather around in a sports bar? You can save a lot from the overpriced ticket, parking fee, and food stalls around the area.

  • It’s convenient.

When you’re in a sports bar, there are people who will cook and serve the drinks for you. All you have to do is say your order and watch while you wait! Also, houses tend to be so far away so if you want to meet up with friends, meet them halfway by staying in a sports bar! This is also a better option than driving a long way to get to the stadium.

  • You can take a break from homemade food.

Please your palates with Bombay Hub’s delicious menu of Western and Indian cuisine as you dine with your best buddies and watch some sports! Pair it with our ice cold drinks and you’re on your way to a great day/night ahead!

  • There’s more coverage on TV.

Compared to going personally at the stadiums, watching it on TV covers all sides of the stadium and even has slow-mos and close-ups. So really, it’s not that much of a loss when missing out on stadiums.

  • Have closer ties and meet new friends.

Spending your game night at a sports bar like Bombay Hub also gives you the opportunity to hang out with other sports fans and cheer together! Be careful not to stir up a fight and just keep it friendly and respect each other’s team.

So for the next sports night, spend it with us here at Bombay hub! Get your daily dose of sports, Western & Indian cuisine, and thirst quenching drinks! We’re opening very soon at 212 Main St., W Palmerston, ON.  You may like our Facebook page for more updates and announcements! Come on down to Bombay Hub Sports Bar and Tandoori Grill — where great stories begin!

What’s Good About Indian Food?

 

What is the first word that comes into mind when you see or hear the words, “Indian Food”? Would it be spicy, strong, aromatic, exotic, or all those words? Indian food or Indian cuisine is actually a combination of six flavors with one or two standing out. These flavors are sweet, sour, bitter, salty, astringent and spicy. It is a great cuisine to innovate, experiment and be creative.

Indian cuisine has some of the best and healthiest dishes that carry several benefits. People in India have a low meat consumption rate because of dietary or health reasons and religion. A huge part of their population is vegetarians, while another big part of it is because they are Hindus or Muslims.

So what’s good about Indian food? Here are 5 fun facts and major benefits you should know about!

  1. Most, if not all, Indian dishes are made from scratch! Cooks use only fresh ingredients and spices to create a lovely dish with strong flavors and a pleasing aroma that makes your mouth water. By this fact alone, makes Indian food way healthier than many other cuisines for they use little to no preservatives in their food.
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  1. Indian cuisine includes a wide selection of vegetables and fruits into their dishes. While there are processes that tend to squeeze out the nutrients from veggies which loses its health benefits but Indian cooking has a way of retaining their freshness and nutrients. If you want the health benefits of fruits and veggies incorporated into dishes, Indian food is the way to go.
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  1. Another fact that falls under health benefits is that yogurt is used as part of many Indian dishes, and we all know the good that yogurt brings to our bodies. Any food that contains yogurt — fermented milk that carries good bacteria — helps in one’s diet, digestion, and many more.
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  1. Indian makes use of the many spices that their country produces such as turmeric, ginger, chilies, cumin, cinnamon, and a lot more. Many of these spices have medicinal and healing properties which are very good for the body, thus making a lot of Indian dishes very healthy to eat. Even though people think that Indian food is spicy, strong, or overwhelming, little do they know that it also contains a lot of health benefits as well. Not only does Indian food taste good, but it’s healthy too!
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  1. The strong and overwhelming taste of Indian dishes is brought to us by negative food pairing. According to Munchies, the researchers explained that “the more the extent of flavor-sharing between any two ingredients, the lesser their co-occurrence.” What is so amazing about Indian food is that it stands out among other cuisines because of its dominating flavor and strong signature taste that people won’t ever forget.
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How about you? What do you love about Indian food? If you’re an Indian cuisine lover, you’d be excited to know that a new Indian restaurant is coming your way this 2018!

Bombay Hub Sports Bar and Tandoori Grill is an up and coming Indian and Western fast food place that will bring India to towns and cities near you! The first branch is set to open before the end of this year at 212 Main St. W Palmerston, ON. Brace yourselves for a new favorite place to hang out in, opening very soon!