Bala Chai's Story:
When our parents immigrated to Los Angeles from India in the early 90s, their way of fostering a community in a foreign land was to invite people over for lunches, dinners, and chai. Getting together over chai really meant a noisy social gathering over tea and elaborate snacks and dessert. Our mom would hand grind fresh spices and the intoxicating aroma of boiling masala chai would waft from the kitchen all over the house, luring us to abandon whatever we were doing to grab a steaming hot cup. We love this delicious beverage and felt inspired by chai’s ability to bring family, friends, and strangers together.