Kashmiri green tea brewed to perfection, infused with the flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, rose, and Kashmiri saffron, everything that beautifully complements the green tea is Kashmiri Kahwa. There is something about Kashmir. The place and all the things related to it are and therefore sound so beautiful. Even the word Kahwa, isn’t it? So poetic. Kahwa has been derived from an Arabic word Qahwah which means aromatic beverage, so appropriate. We are all aware of the benefits of green tea. It is good for health in many ways and also helps to reduce weight. If you haven’t developed the taste for green tea but want to indulge in it because of the benefits of green tea, start off with Kashmiri Kahwa.
Traditionally it is prepared in a brass kettle known as Samovar and serve with Bakerkhani, bread from the state. It is served in special tea cup. However, nowadays it is prepared using water heaters or hot water kettle or saucepan etc. The interesting fact about this recipe is that at times green tea is totally omitted and only herbal ingredients are used. But since the price of Kashmiri kesar or Kashmiri saffron is high, people do add in green tea for the flavor and avoid the saffron spice. You can also try the herbal version of Kashmiri Kahwa.
Kashmiri green tea: You can find this green tea online.
Spices: Saffron spice along with cinnamon, cardamom, rose petals are used to flavor the Kashmiri Kahwa. Finally, it is garnished with slivered almonds and a few saffron strands.
Sweetener: Honey or sugar can be added to Kashmiri Kahwa. Generally, green tea with honey is preferred. However, I have added none.
This is my first non-milk tea recipe. There is a collection of tea recipes which include ginger tea, which is very popular and is prepared in every household in India. Another common and flavorful tea recipe is that of cardamom tea. There are plenty of tea flavors captured in the collection which you can view here.
Serve it hot with some rusk or biscotti.
1.This recipe makes 1 cup of Kashmiri Kahwa.
2.In a sauce pan heat 1 and ½ cup of water.
3.Next goes in a small piece of cinnamon stick (dalchini), 1 green cardamom (choti elaichi) and few dried rose petals.
4.Also add in few saffron strands. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes. I missed adding it, added withthe green tea. You can add it with the spices.
5.Next goes in ¾ tsp of Kashmiri green tea.
6.Let it simmer for a minute.
7.Thereafter switch off the flame and cover the pan. Let the tea brew for 3-4 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. The longer you brew, the stronger it becomes.
8.Finally strain it. If using a sweetener, add it here.
9.Garnish with sliered almonds and saffron strands.
10.Serve hot. Bon appetit!
PREP TIME 0 minutes
COOK TIME 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME 5 minutes
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