Tea – Kashmiri Kahwa

A couple of my favorite Indian cuisines are various dishes from Kerala and Kashmir,

We will talk about Kerala deliciousness later, from Kashmir is the tea, Kashmiri Kahwa is what I would like to talk about today, maybe my reasoning is I sit here with a sore throat which is getting more painful as the hours tick away.  Kashmiri Kahwa is in the top 5 listing for favorite teas, there are variations to the tea but the foundational ingredients include green tea, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, saffron and sugar. I will list the variations at the end but to make this delicious tea you need:

 

4 teaspoons of Kashmiri tea leaves (green tea)

2 pods of cardamom

2 cloves

4 pinches of saffron

2.5 liter of water

2 tablespoons of sugar (to taste)

½ stick cinnamon

8 chopped almonds

 

 

Garnish: 

A few strands of saffron or

Chopped almonds

 

Method:

Boil the water with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves

Pour over the tea and let simmer over low flame

When using saffron you typically dissolve it in a little water

Strain the tea and add the liquid saffron

Top with chopped/slivers of almonds

Or you can top with a couple saffron threads  

 

Variations include:

The addition of milk, which actually changes the name from Kahwa to Chai

Some add rose water or syrup

 

 

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