The year has started and now we are at the end of the first month of the New Year. The cold seems to be moving away and giving way to the spring. As the seasons start changing, there is a change to the beverage that we choose to take. There are some such beverages that remain a favorite for all seasons and the Kashmiri Kahwa tea is one such drink. This is a green tea that had been in use long back in vast regions of central Asia and Northern regions of India. This tea was a specialty of the Kashmir valley and was used with a blissful combination of the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, the star anise, saffron and some dry fruits. The dry fruits that are used are almonds, cherries and walnuts - found in those regions. There are people who also add the rose petals of Kashmir in this tea. The current market has got a lot of such Kahwa tea that is easy to prepare and would taste excellent with a recipe that is used by traditional people. The traditional way of preparing the Kahwa tea – its recipe:
Prepare a Drink (tea) that falls within Indian cuisine.
Preparing time: 5minutes, cooking time: 10 minutes, the total time taken would be 15 minutes.
Tea is to be prepared for: 2 people
Calories in the tea: 54 kcal
Take 2 tsp of pure green tea
Water – 3 cups
Saffron – 8-10 threads
Cinnamon stick – half inch
Cloves – 2 – 3
Cardamom – 2 pods, crushed
Rose petals – ½ tbl spoon
Almonds – 2 tbl spoon
Honey – 1 tsp (optional)
Way for preparation
Take 3 cups of water and heat it. Add the saffron, cloves, dried petals of rose, Cardamom and cinnamon in the water. Make the flame low and allow simmering. Now switch off the heat after 3 – minutes. Now add the green tea and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Strain the tea in cups and then place a few slivers of almond and a couple of saffron strands. You can also pour some honey, if you prefer. Drink while it is hot.
Some special know - how of the Kashmiri Kahwa tea
The tea that you are going to prepare must be prepared in samovar or a brass kettle. The green tea is boiled in the vessel along with all the additives that are mentioned. In any special occasions the saffron strands are a must in the tea. This special tea is then called Kong Kahwa as the saffron is called kong in Kashmiri. There are some Kashmiri kahwa tea
that are prepared using only the herbal additives and even the green tea leaves are avoided. This tea is then served in mugs made of glass or in some places they use clay mugs too. The almond slivers and roses or the threads of saffron are added in the mug with pistachios in some occasions. The tea is served after there is a heavy meal and the kahwa adds a lot of antioxidants to the body when one drinks it. There are around 36 types of recipes of the kawha tea from Kashmir available in the world and this tea has been the staple drink for the Kashmir is for a long time now. The rose petals and the saffron and other spices that are added in this tea makes it special for the drinkers. There is a refreshing taste after you drink this tea. Though the tea has got no flavor of its own, you can try to drink this tea and find for yourself why it is so popular all over the world.