SPICED GREEN TEA (KASHMIRI KAHWA)

SPICED GREEN TEA (KASHMIRI KAHWA)

A traditional aromatic green tea from Kashmir which is delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and saffron and garnished with slivers of almond.

 

My Kashmiri husband first introduced me to this beautiful green tea. Now my husband had never made the tea himself but had watched it being made and had sipped this delicious fragrant delicacy regularly, so he felt confident in making this.  A few months into our marriage, one evening after dinner at my parents, eager to impress, he volunteered to make his special kahwa (tea) for the whole family and went off to the kitchen. A few minutes later the house was filled with the sweetest aromas of saffron and warm cinnamon and cardamom. My dear mum was so excited to try this as she absolutely loves saffron and the fact that it was being made so lovingly by her new son in law was an added charm.

 

 

When hubbie dearest brought out the pretty little cups of his special golden orange tea we were all eager to taste his kahwa, however after the first sip we all knew something had gone wrong, as the tea had a peculiar bitter taste. My husband was so disappointed and couldn’t understand what he had done wrong, but you could see that he had gone overboard with the saffron as each cup was filled up to a quarter high with saffron! And this saffron was very expensive and specially sourced from Iran, so you can imagine my mum’s horror at all her best saffron being used up! Even to this day if my husband mentions kawha you can see a look of slight apprehension on my mum’s face!

 

 

Since then I have learnt how to make Kashmiri kahwa to the joy of my husband and relief of my mother. Proper Kashmiri green tea only requires a pinch of saffron to give the tea its special earthy sweet floral aroma and is so simple to make and so good for you. You need to use loose leaf Kashmiri green tea (kahwa) which is readily available online. Kashmiri kahwa is usually served after meals to help with digestion. Also, many Kashmiri’s, my husband included, vouch for the power of the infused spices in combatting colds and coughs as well as headaches. One sip of this delicate golden green tea is enough to start warming you from the inside, with waves of sweet cinnamon and saffron followed by fragrant cardamom and finishing off with a hint of spicy clove.

 

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SPICED GREEN TEA

October 21, 2018
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: 2 min
: 10 min

A traditional aromatic green tea from Kashmir which is delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and saffron and garnished with slivers of almond.

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon bark
  • 10 strands saffron
  • 3 tsp sugar or honey (adjust to taste)
  • 4 tsp Kashmiri green tea leaves
  • ½ tbsp crushed or slivered almonds (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 Bring water and spices to boil.
  • Step 2 Add sugar and simmer on medium for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Step 3 Turn off the heat.
  • Step 4 Add tea leaves.
  • Step 5 Stir and leave to seep for one minute (if you seep for too long and tea will become bitter).
  • Step 6 Strain away the leaves.
  • Step 7 Serve immediately with a sprinkle of crushed or slivered almonds.
  • Step 8 Enjoy x


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