Ten-second takeaway

Thippasandra’s Sharon Tea Stall proves the adage that India does run on chai.

It’s teatime folks!

At the beginning of the bustling Thippasandra market {right across the Bata showroom}, lies a tiny tea stall that opens shop at 6am in the morning and fuels the daily lives of nearly 500 people {that’s their average footfall a day} everyday. The nine-year-old buzzing tea stall, owned by A Daniel, serves about 140 different kinds of teas and is always busy. Their most sought-after tea, according to Daniel, is the Ginger Elaichi variety. The teas here can be paired with snacks such as a Nipatu, samosa or even local varieties of cookies. Though coffee is also part of the menu, it isn’t that popular here, according to Daniel. And if you are looking to cure a nagging cough or cold, then Sharon’s selection of teas perked up with ginger, pepper or tulsi can give some soothing relief to your sore throat.

What’s brewing

While some like the banana version, it might not be our cup of tea, we were baffled with everything from Kashmiri Kahwa to Oolong tea being available on the menu. But if you trust our judgement, then settle for what the tea stall does best, their regular supply of chai flavoured with ginger and other Indian spices or lime. We tried the Ginger Chai, which was sweet, milky and sugary with a kick of ginger and the Lemon, Black Pepper Tea came with a strong punch of the spice and cleared up oru blocked sinuses with its heat.

So, we’re thinking…

It will take us possibly a month to try the sheer number of teas available at Sharon. While some versions are suspect, we are sticking to our favourites currently: the milky chai spiked up with Indian spices.

Where: 37, next to Anjaneya Temple, BEML Main Road, New Thippasandra

When: Monday to Saturday 6am-9pm. Sunday closed.

Contact: +91 9480234049

Price: INR 8-25.

Check out their website here.

With inputs from Raksha Hegde

Featured image by Devika Raman