kahva or qahva : a nice warming Kashmiri tea infused with cinnamon, green cardamom and almonds
So I made the kahva and took pictures. I had some old pictures too but this time I decided to include all the ingredients into the pictures so the picture would tell the recipe too as it is not much of a recipe beyond that.
The recipe was told to me by a dry fruits shop owner in Katra (the base station to vaishno devi trek), from where we always get this green Kashmiri tea and some dry fruits for the season. He had told the recipe with such good expressions on his face that I still remember how he had prompted me to buy so many small packets of this green tea. I have gifted this green tea to many of my friends, and needless to say have made many fans of this special tea.
Everything on the ingredient list is boiled for about 5 minutes ( this tea is not brewed like other green teas), strained and then some freshly chopped or crushed almonds are added to the mug...
Inhale and you fall in love.
Otherwise too, I am a tea enthusiast and have many varieties of tea at any given point of time. Darjeeling is our daily morning cuppa ( the same mug actually and we are addicted to this mug for our clear teas) and then there are many flavored and unflavored green teas.
We use the CTC tea granules for our milky masala chai, I like a robust one for my masala chai and a lighter flavorful one for a light brew sometimes, a different tea for a different mood, season, time of the day etc. etc.
Kahva or Qahva as it is pronounced, the tea is very comforting in winter months, especially in the northern India where the sun often hides through the day. Kahva has a more appealing taste on such days I must add. I always wonder how we adapt our foods and drinks in different geographical regions.
This is the best Kashmir could do with green tea, infuse it with spices and almonds. Culinary evolution always depended on local produce and climate. Kahva explains it quite well.
Looks so good....:)ReplyDelete
Looks soothing and tasty as well.ReplyDelete
The pictures look really good! What a great tea on a cold or rainy day!! I have never tried kahwa at home. But after reading your post, I am thinking, yes, why not?ReplyDelete
Very nice photos...I only knew the words "Kashmiri tea"..But my Kashmiri friends always served me with creamy looking tea...the strong spices are present ..but dont know if they add milk or almond , dry fruit milk..Being a hardcore British tea follower, I can only drink tea with milk and sugar (other than green Chinese tea)..ha ha .
Happy drinking ( tea )
Oh! What a lovely pictures are these!!!... and after seeing it, it's very tough to wait for it's delicious sips..ReplyDelete
This is so comforting...My dear H is traveling soon for Vaishavdevi, and I am going to ask for a return gift like such..ReplyDelete
VERY SOOYHING IN COLD IT GIVES STRENTHAND WARMNESSReplyDelete
@ Ushnish ..there is a milky kashmiri tea called noncha as much as i know . The one they add soda bicarb in. I am yet to taste that one :)ReplyDelete
very refreshing and lovely kashmiri chai.ReplyDelete
Refreshing tea.. I am yet to try black tea.. Somehow haven't thought of trying black tea yet.. Will try one day! I am sure it gives great flavors and it is good for health too..ReplyDelete
reminded me of our kashmir trip so much Kahvah we had to drink .. it was so refreshing tooo :)ReplyDelete
Sangeeta, i have lots of chinese green tea, can this be be prepared with G,tea? pl send me the exact recipeReplyDelete
@ Nirupama...the recipe is written in bold here and there is no special things required. I think you should try with chinese green tea once and see how you like it.ReplyDelete
A friend even used regular CTC tea leaves and was happy with the taste :-)
Green tea of any kind should be good but take care to add the green tea bag to be dipped into the cup after boiling the other ingredients...as other delicate green teas are not heat stable (the antioxidants i mean)..
great drink :-) and nice snap with the lightReplyDelete
I love masala tea and this is a new kind of tea for me.Thanks for sharing this .. would love to give a tryReplyDelete
Looks so refreshing with all the spices. Can't wait to try.ReplyDelete
I liked it on reading it. I simply loved it when I drank it; 'twas made for me by my nephew's Kashmiri wife. :)ReplyDelete
Yes Shail....it's such a lovely drink to have in a cuppa ...to hold between your palms :-)ReplyDelete
it,s amazing ......brand...
kashmiri chai color is great,s....................!!!!!
Sangeeta it is my most favourite rare exotic tea. i first had it in Trade fair several years ago. Then at a Kashmiri home but it was not authentic as they did not have the right ingredients. I sometimes have it in Dilli Haat but unfortunately I never got it in Jammu and Kashmir House. They have the salt tea though which I have not yet developed a taste for. Eagerly waiting for your masala lebu cha eastern railway style.ReplyDelete