Kashmiri tea, also called noon chai (when salted) or pindi chai (when sweetened), is a wonderful spiced tea famous for its pink color. I will not lie, this is not the easiest tea to make. It takes approximately 2 hours, but the reward of a bright pink tea makes it all worthwhile. Unfortunately, clear, concise English directions are hard to come by. So, after weeks of experimentation I have produced this article.
Sorry, there are still a few production glitches I am working out on the video. Anyway, read on for a detailed recipe.
Makes: six servings.
- 6 cups of unfiltered water
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 teaspoons of green tea
- 1 teaspoon of black tea (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 6 – 8 whole cardamom seeds (or approximately 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom)
- 2 tablespoons of ground, raw, unsalted pistachios and almonds
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- Bring 4 cups of unfiltered water to a light summer.
- Add 2 teaspoons of green tea and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Any brand of green tea can be used. Looseleaf is ideal. The baking soda hardens the water, which reacts with the tea to create the pink color. If your water is hard enough, you may not need the baking soda at all. While it does not affect the flavor of the tea significantly, the baking soda can be left out if color is not a major concern. The team will simply be brown.
- Allow this to simmer for 1 hour. It is important to keep the water at a light summer. If it boils, it will turn the tea brown (but does not affect the flavor).
- By now, the water should be reduced by 50%. If using whole cardamom, add the seeds now. Finally, add 2 cups of cold, unfiltered water and let simmer for another 15 min.
- Add 1 teaspoon of black tea. Again, any brand/type will suffice. Looseleaf is ideal. This step is not required; but yields a smoother, richer flavor. Let simmer for another 10 min.
- Use a skimmer to remove the tea and cardamom. Add the 2 tablespoons of ground nuts, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and 1 – 2 cups of milk until the tea is of a desired color/lightness.
- Bring to a boil (once or twice). Watch it closely. At this stage, the tea can quickly boil over the pot.
I want to thank this lady for the best English instructions that I could find online:
And while I do not normally post negativity on this website, I feel it is worth highlighting two videos that are examples of why a large portion of the world views Americans as parochial ignoramuses.
I hope this article will serve to demonstrate that we are not all that bad!