11 Indian Drinks You Haven’t Heard Of And Need To Try Immediately

Because filter kaapi and masala chai are way too mainstream.

Noon chai

Noon chai

Noon chai or shir chai is a salty, milky take on tea, found only in Kashmiri homes, and typically had at the end of a rich meal. It's pale pink in colour, topped with some malai, and you will be in for a surprise when you take your first sip. (Spoiler alert: Unlike every other tea you've ever drank, it's salty… And still, bafflingly, delicious.)

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Kadhai doodh

Kadhai doodh

A steaming hot post-dinner drink to beat the chilly, foggy winter nights of the North, milk is boiled for hours in an open kadhai till a thick layer of malai forms on top. Served boiling hot straight from the kadhai with a generous dollop of malai and some dry fruits in every kulhad. Very much an acquired taste, this drink is available only at your local halwai shop.

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Nannari sarbath

Nannari sarbath

A South Indian street push-cart specialty, especially refreshing in the summers given its cooling properties and other health benefits, this is a sherbet made using the root of an Indian herb called Nannari or “Indian Sarsapilla”. This is supposed to be one of the flavouring ingredients used in root-beers popular around the world.

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Bovonto

Bovonto

Manufactured and marketed in Tamil Nadu, this is an indigenous Indian cola which came into existence in – wait for it – 1916! It has a different taste as compared to more mainstream colas due to lesser carbonation and a tangy grape juice flavor base. It has stood its own even against competition presented by the MNCs.

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