"Where there is love, there is life."
- Mahatama Gandhi
Nela Patel (left) & her daughter, Preehya (right), co-founded Nela's Chai to share their daily ritual of drinking 'real' chai right here in Wellington, New Zealand. (Pictured with Nela's mother Laxmi and Preehya's daughter Ela. Four generations of chai-lovers!)
The aim was purely to enjoy authentic Indian chai outside the house! Nela's Chai was created as a beautiful warming spicy drink to enjoy with the company of friends or strangers, creating an atmosphere for people to bond & share stories.
Nela's love of spices has expanded the range to condiments, sauces, spice blends to inspire people to create high quality delicious meals.
The spices are ethically sourced, roasted and freshly ground, giving rise to a superior aroma and flavour. All products are made right here in Island Bay, Wellington!
Nela's father, Kanji, first set foot in New Zealand when he was just 8 years old, after spending months on a P&O cruise ship. He was bound for Fiji but, through some turn of events, wound up in the windy city, changing the course of his family's life forever. From that point on Kanji and his large family (9 children!) always felt at home in New Zealand as well as back in their motherland, India. Nela and Preehya recently decided it was time to fuse their home life with their surroundings. What better way than to share their beloved chai!
Nela's chai is based on their Gujarati family recipe passed down through generations, simplified so it's easy to make at home or enjoy at your favourite local.
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