Kahwa tea is one such beverage which is an amazing combination of delicious taste, aroma and a bundle of health benefits. It has been known to be a part of Kashmir’s cuisine since ages. Due to the presence of saffron, it serves as a warming drink and helps to withstand the cold winters. Kahwa is an exotic mix of Kashmiri green tea leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron, which was traditionally prepared in a brass kettle known as samovar. The samovar has a central cavity where hot coal is placed while the surrounding space is reserved for boiling the water and other ingredients for the tea.
There are different types of kahwa tea depending on the combinations of ingredients used, and each one has its own distinct flavour and aroma. An ideal Kashmiri Kahwa contains saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves along with one or two dried fruits.
My favourite recipe is as below. The soothing drink with its pale golden tinge imparted by the saffron along with the mild flavour and aroma of spices instantly rejuvenates both your body and mind.
1 cup water
2 cardamoms, slightly crushed
½ inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp Kashmiri green tea leaves
A few strands saffron
1-2 tsp honey
1. Boil 1 cup of water along with cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.
2. Add Kashmiri green tea leaves and switch off the flame. Let it infuse for about 2-3 minutes.
3. In the meantime, blanch and slice 2 almonds and put in a tea cup along with a few strands of saffron.
4. Strain and pour the tea into the cup. Sweeten with honey and enjoy.