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Thirsty Thursday: Masala tea at Kohinoor Indian Restaurant

A white mug of masala tea on a table inside Kohinoor restaurant.
Masala tea at Kohinoor; Photo by Alyssa Buckley

This Thursday, I’m thirsty for the masala tea at Kohinoor Indian Restaurant. The extremely rude cold weather we’re having this close to May is making me crave something warm and cosy. Paired with the restaurant’s delicious thali lunch, Kohinoor’s masala tea ($2.99) satisfied. The drink was a hot beverage of tea leaves boiled with milk and Indian herbs. Though sweetener was on the table, the masala tea needed none. Boiling the tea leaves softened the earthy flavors of the tea and gave a rich, milky texture to the drink. I loved the subtle herbaceous flavor from the masala. Served scorching in temp, the hot mug was a comfort to hold, and sipping this Indian tea warmed me up.

A wooden door with a simple brown sign reading "Restaurant" on a brick building with two planters of pink flowers.
Alyssa Buckley

Kohinoor Indian Restaurant is located on Columbia Street beside Columbia Street Roastery near Downtown Champaign. Find some time — but not on a Tuesday as the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays — to sip this cup of masala tea at Kohinoor. It serves warm and cosy vibes that match the family-run restaurant’s service and ambiance.

Kohinoor Indian Restaurant
6 E Columbia St
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. + 4 to 9 p.m.

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