Sheer Chai and Kulch'e. Noon Chai, salt tea for afternoons. Pandits are more likely to call it Sheer Chai.
Sheer Chai gets its pinkish hue from baking soda.
When I was a kid, I used to love Kehwa. I would look forward to it any given morning and Sheer Chai, it was that strange looking tea that old women drank, with much delight, in late afternoons. Sitting in group, chatting, at ease holding steaming brass khos with the edge of their sari, they would sip Sheer Chai after their long chores and toils in kitchen were over. They ask me. No, this not for me, why don't you make Kehwa, now that I will have anydayanytime. That was then. Now, I keep looking forward to a cup of salty Sheer Chai, with malai. They hold stainless steel cup now, but still like that. Now too, it's a special brew for rare little get-togethers or it's just something you may say yes to one lazy one afternoon and it will come to you. I like to think that I have developed a taste for it. At first they, the makers, the women, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, were surprised, now its okay. But still, I don't think Sheer Chai is okay for mornings. Not in the morning. Sweet Kehwa is still fine for mornings.