Indian social media users were not pleased with WebMD’s chai latte recipe, with some calling it an abomination.
The recipe causes a stir: WebMD posted the recipe on its Twitter account with the caption, “Learn how to make a chai latte — without the coffee shop price tag.”
Learn how to make a chai latte — without the coffee shop price tag. pic.twitter.com/pVZTEBXyL3
— WebMD (@WebMD) September 27, 2020
- The recipe video started off by boiling two cups of water and adding three tea bags, five crushed cardamom pods and three crushed cloves, according to NDTV.
- Then, the video took a different turn compared to the “traditional” way of making masala chai when the cook added star anise, cinnamon sticks and a tablespoon of ginger.
- But what infuriated Indian Twitter users was the addition of coconut milk and maple syrup.
Not their cup of tea: Many users quickly took jabs at WebMD’s attempt at teaching them how to make their tea.
Dear WebMD, please stop!
This is Cultural appropriation at its lowest. You can’t just wake up one day and rename existing cuisines. Show some respect to get some. Anyway what you made…good luck drinking that shit🤣🤣🤣
I stopped watching at coconut milk.
— Urmi (@urmisgr8) September 28, 2020
Damn, white people, the only thing left to add to this abomination is some garam masala.
— Madhu Menon (@madmanweb) September 28, 2020
How about instead: support a local shop owned by someone from India. Go and buy a cup of real chai from them.
Because this is just ridiculous at best. At worse, weak ass cultural appropriation. Do better @WebMD
— Kirsten Alana 😷 Travel Photographer (@KirstenAlana) September 28, 2020
Coconut milk and … maple syrup?! 😳 pic.twitter.com/URejRHTsol
— faranaaz⁷ (@faranaaz) September 29, 2020
This looks costlier than coffee shop latte 😂 Also, ask your Indian neighbor how to make chai. Not only will it save money, it’ll also taste authentic!
— Kuch_bhi (@Nehakohin) September 28, 2020
Please let us keep our nice things. And keep your damn maple syrup.
— shabana شبانہ میر (@ShabanaMir1) September 28, 2020
This is white people Chai Latte. Cultural appropriation at its best.
Coconut milk? Maple syrup? Are you kidding me?
— Sunny Mahat (@sunnymahat) September 29, 2020
Stop! The amount of spices you added is just insane, you ought to give just a bit of aroma and flavor to it not dump this whole load of spices in it!
If i ever made chai like this my family is going to literally disown and kick me out.
— Nothin’ On me❤ (@NajafRimsha) September 28, 2020
That literally looks like the colour of piss.
— Zab Mustefa (@ZabMustefa) September 28, 2020
“without the coffee shop price tag”
habibi this is without the price tag and without any decency. please delete this tweet.
— Ubadah Sabbagh (@neubadah) September 28, 2020
- Other users joked that the drink could be turned into a meal.
Come to think of it, throw in some chickpeas and this becomes chole, since you need to cook the beans in tea anyway.
— Arun Sethuraman (@arunsethuraman) September 29, 2020
u mean to say Chai????
This is absolutely Wrong of Making Chai
with the spices kept u can make a mini Biryani
— Un-Employed scoooby (@sc0obyd0) September 29, 2020
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