High tea is the British tradition of drinking afternoon tea with an array of finger foods, pastries, and savory appetizers, while sitting on elegant high-backed chairs at a well decorated table. Food is served on tiny, delicate dessert plates. Light music, aroma candles and fresh flowers add to a perfect ambiance. In England, it was a fashionable social event. During the 1880s, upper-class women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room with friends or for a romantic meeting. High tea is now becoming a very popular and fashionable trend, and still exists all across Europe and other big cities.
If you thought throwing an Indian high tea was just another regular affair, think again. To begin, the correct timings for a high tea is between 4 pm to 6 pm, anytime before or after that is considered a low tea. Also, it’s not elegant to call someone home for a high tea and serve them regular chai with just ‘two’ biscuits on the plate. The best platter of refreshments would be two or three varieties of finger foods, two varieties of light but filling savoury snacks (sandwiches, pakoras) and bite size desserts or pastried with a delicious cup of ginger chai tea.
After cooking, we will do a formal High tea set-up and enjoy delicious sweet and savory entrees. After this mouth-watering Indian High Tea ‘Chai party’ menu - I’m guessing no one will be hungry for dinner. Note: You may want to come dressed-up for this event.
Menu: Indian Ginger Masala Tea, Vada Pav (popular Indian style spiced potato sliders topped with cilantro and sweet brown chutney/ variation Asssorted vegetable palora (tempora and fritters topped with chutney or Bombay Sandwich, Indian snack mix medley with spiced puffed rice and cereal, peanuts and raisins, Cumin pastry puffs, Bite sized desserts.