A trip to Bengal or a just a quick visit to a traditional Bengali household will convince you that Bengalis cannot function without tea, or their beloved cha. It is what marks the beginning of the day, and sometimes the end of it too. Despite the emergence of fancy cafes and restaurants, one of the most favourite addas for Bengalis is the local chai ka thela, selling tea in meagre amount with some flaky biskuts. There is also no dearth of tea preparations in this country, Bengal’s lebu cha or lemon tea is one of the classic examples.  

What is lebu cha and how is it made? 

Lebu is a Bengali word for lemon while cha is another word for tea. It is Bengal’s own version of spiced tea, except it also comes with a hint of lemon. This tangy kick makes the tea a hit across ages, and among those who find tea unnecessary milky and heavy. This street-style tea, is made with brewing tea leaves with water, a special masala or moshla is also added to the tea that comprises a mix of black salt, pepper, ginger powder and a few more masalas. Lemon juice is added towards the fag-end. Since the tea does not contain any milk, sugar is added too to balance out the saltiness and soureness of the tea.  

Why Does It Deserve Your Undivided Attention 

1. Consuming this tea hot could provide beneficial for sore throat. 

2. If you can cut back on the sugar, and use a healthier alternative like honey, then this tea could also double as your home-made ‘immunity-boosting’ potion. The spices and tea come with their own range of anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties that help keep diseases at bay. 

3. Since it contains no milk, it is also vegan. Hence if you are trying to avoid dairy, this could be a delicious drink you can try. 

4. Let’s not forget how easy it is to make provided you have the masala ready. 

5. It has our favourite lemon. In addition to adding a zingy quality to the tea, the citrusy-wonder also uplifts the overall nutritional profile of the tea. 

So what are you waiting for? Try lebu cha today!