Our Story

Uppma is the granddaughter of an Ayurvedic doctor who specialised in herbs and spices. She is a first generation Indian Australian migrant who left her career as a lawyer to follow her passion to share her ancient family recipes with the world.

Frustrated with the lack of authenticity, she started Chai Walli to educate people on the genuine beauty of Indian teas and spices that her grandfather gifted her with. 

Uppma grew up with her mother’s love of cooking ingrained in her veins. She uses her innate senses to balance spices according to their Ayurvedic elements and teach others the Art of Chai.

Leading a team of passionate individuals, Uppma runs her small Australian business with deep values. All the blends are formulated and created by Uppma using her love of natural wholesome ingredients and family recipes. 

We are grateful that we can share our ritual of chai and our art of creating beautiful blends with you. Thank you for choosing to support artisan makers like us. Your love for quality handcrafted products means that we get to share cultural heritage and age old techniques in a modern light with you and many others.

We care deeply about the suppliers we work with. We choose to have a tea farm to tea cup policy, which allows us to  support some truly amazing tea estates in India producing organic and fair trade teas.

Our humble beginnings started with Uppma blending spices in her parent’s basement recreating her grandfather’s blends. Today, we are proud to have several award winning and well renowned masala chai and spice blends which are experienced by our amazing customers all around the world.

A (good) cup of chai is a language of its own, it has the ability to bring calm and excitement all at once. Thank you for joining us on our journey and bringing the language of chai into your home and heart.


It is one of the most ancient forms of holistic well-being which is still widely practiced in India today.

Uppma balances herbs & spices with the knowledge passed to her from her Grandfather, Dr Pritam Virdi - an Ayurvedic doctor. From him she learnt a deep understanding of Indian spices and their Ayurvedic properties. Chai Walli's conception pays tribute to Dr Pritam's legacy. There is a large gap in the market for traditional high quality Indian teas, so we decided to share Uppma's family secrets with you. You can check out our range of gorgeous Ayurvedic herbal tea blends here.


Our teas are directly sourced from a small batch organic and fair trade tea gardens in the Assam Valley of India. We are driven to ensure all our suppliers are transparent to align with our ethical values. We take great pride in sharing with you the highest grade of single origin Indian teas.

Our signature chai is the most authentic chai on the market. It is made using only whole spices that are hand blended using traditional Indian practices; this means no liquids, no powders, no preservatives - just natural chai goodness. 


Acknowledgment of Country

Chai Walli acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which our shop operates, the Wangal and Cadigal people of the Eora Nation, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.