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




A few strands of saffron or

Chopped almonds



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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