wayfarer in the kitchen

Friday, July 28, 2006

Kashmiri Tea

Can anyone give me a *good* as in "tried and true" recipe for Kashmiri Tea? The only ones i'm finding use water not milk. Please only post if you've actually tried it cause i hate bad recipes. I spent over two hours last night making what i thought would be a great dinner and the recipe totally sucked (i assure you, it wasn't the cook!).

Speaking of good recipes. I bought this book when i got engaged to my Pak-man. There isn't a single bad recipe in it! I don't always follow the directions and use it more for a guide but out of the 15-20 or so recipes i've made from it, not one has been bad. There may have been variances about heat - more or less chili powder. Usually more for us and other little nuances like when they say fry the onions for 5 minutes, i fry them for about thirty. I/we (i got my desi taste from him...in fact, it annoys his mom that we eat the same - we both put yoghurt on whatever we are eating and she insists that it hides the taste, we think it enhances it - our only difference is i make little sandwiches out of my food with bread and he doesn't, he uses the bread as a scooper and i use mine like a tortilla almost) anyway about the onions - we like them real carmelized as in the color of dark caramel not butter. Also, for meat, they should double their times for the meat to be tender but if you play with it, these recipes rock and are pretty easy. The bonus is i got the book for $5.99 i believe at the Borders bargain section. If you want to learn to make Pakistani/Indian food, this is a good book to start with. It's been tried and it is true. :-)

Bring on the Kashmiri Tea recipes!

18 Comments:

Blogger ~*Untamed Desires*~ said...

if u get someone coming from pakistan, get them to bring u a packet of green tea called 'gul-e-nasrren'....its used to make green tea AND kashmiri tea both. i'll see if v have a dabba left n will give the recipe to u from there...maybe u can try with some other brand of gren tea in a small quantity:)

3:24 PM  
Blogger ~*Untamed Desires*~ said...

temme if u have some green tea leaves from the desi/indian/asian store..if u do, i'll give u the kashmiri tea recipe for 2 cups of tea so i guess u can try it out n see if it tastes right for u:) (or borrow some cos i dont blv u shud buy a huge pack just to try 2 cups of tea)! else, get someone coming from pakistan to bring u some packs of 'gul-e-nasreen' green tea..that stuff makes good kashmiir tea *tried n tested* :)

3:34 PM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

I'll ask my mil to get some for me. I bet i could get some green tea from the desi store. Go ahead with the recipe! :-) Thanks!

3:53 PM  
Blogger ~*Untamed Desires*~ said...

-2.5 cups of cold water
-1 cup of milk
-green tea leaves 1/2 tbsp
-baking soda 100 mg (100 mg = 1/10 grams = 1/50 tsp...so it adds to a really small pinch)

boil the green tea leaves with a cup of water.once u see bubbles add the picnch of soda n let boil till reduced to half. now add remaining cold water n letit come to a boil..stir along to make sure soda dissolves well.add the cup of milk and a minute later its done :)

well, i hope it makes sense n u enjoy! i certainly do n its not as tedious as it sounds or maybe iv made it alot :) isnt the best of the best but gets me compliments still :D

try with some borrowed green tea though! if it duznt work out with any brand other than gul-e-nasreen, dont blame me :P use it for a diet hehe. neways,good luck!

6:03 AM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

thanks. i'll try it!

10:07 AM  
Blogger musicalchef said...

Are you talking about the pink tea? If so, let me know if it works, i want a pink tea recipe!

10:15 AM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

Yeah but mine didn't turn out pink...still trying to figure that one out. When i get the recipe just right i'll post it. :-)

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i recently got my sis to bring some kashmiri tea leaves and all the other stuff that goes along with it.i was at the stove for an hour atleast trying to get the pink color out of it, but the only thing a managed to do was cook my fingers!!!! how do people get it so beautifully pink? do they add color to it or something?????

8:43 AM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

that's what i want to know too. It tastes good the way i make it but it's not pink. :-(

9:43 AM  
Blogger salmasaeed said...

salam

i make kashmiri chai at my home. i tell u a tip of making it pink . first of all always make it with cold water and let it boil and when it reduced to half add cold water again and keep stiring . keep adding water until its colour turned to dark and it will take 2 to 3 hours .in the end pour it in another pot and add salt or sugar depends on ur choice ( i use salt bcoz actual kashmiri tea is saltish) and milk . if u have 1 cup of kehwa use 2 cups of milk and boil it for 2, 3 min and in the end add nuts etc baking soda is the secret ingredient of the receipe but dont use too much for 2 cups only 2 pinches of soda . it will change the colour of the tea and use full cream or less fat milk and u can also make it by using mineral water .

9:25 PM  
Blogger salmasaeed said...

i make kashmiri chai at my home. i tell u a tip of making it pink . first of all always make it with cold water and let it boil and when it reduced to half add cold water again and keep stiring . keep adding water until its colour turned to dark and it will take 2 to 3 hours .in the end pour it in another pot and add salt or sugar depends on ur choice ( i use salt bcoz actual kashmiri tea is saltish) and milk . if u have 1 cup of kehwa use 2 cups of milk and boil it for 2, 3 min and in the end add nuts etc baking soda is the secret ingredient of the receipe but dont use too much for 2 cups only 2 pinches of soda . it will change the colour of the tea and use full cream or less fat milk and u can also make it by using mineral water .

9:26 PM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

Thank you so much! I'm going to try this soon. :-)

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really, the trick is to phentofy the kava. Use the tea leaves as suggested, the bicarb as suggested. Boil for 10 mins till it is reduced bu a quarter, the add a cup of cold water, and stir with a big ladle. Lift the ladle of kava high in the air like 8 inches high or more if you dare and let it splash back. repeat at least 10 to 20 times till you see the liquid change colour to a dark peach pink colour. Then add some cardamons, salt and cinnamon if desired. When ready to serve add milk slowly to the mix and you should see it turn a beautiful pink.. Bring to boil and add sugar and top off with crushed almonds or pista. Yummy and soothing for a winters evening!! Just had some.

12:14 PM  
Blogger randy said...

Well I like "Kava" "Kawa" "Kehwa" - simple and fast recipe for daily use -
Boil water add green cardamom and a pinch / piece of cinnamon let it boil then add green tea leaves, a pinch only and let it boil. Strain and pour into cup with Almonds, peeled if you prefer and sugar as per taste. Don't like milk in it as it changes the taste and fragrance

There was an old a cook in Gulmarg about 20 years ago who used to add Gulucand and saffron.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it surprising that pakis and Indians do not know how to make some of their own good foods. I am also married to a paki, and I have introduced him to quite a few delicious paki dishes he had never tried before.
tried and true for Pink Kashmiri Tea.
3 cups water
2 - 3 level teaspoons green tea
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cold water
5 cardamon pods
sugar to taste
2 - 3 cups milk
crushed almonds and pistachio nuts

Please note that simple deviations from this recipe will not give you the same results. After my third try I was making the perfect cup of pink tea.
Let the 3 cups of water come to a full boil.
Add tea leaves
On medium high heat, let this boil for appx 30 - 35 minutes, till it is reduced to 1/3 the liquid. Really !!
You will actually see the water / tea turning a light burgundy color when it reduces.
Add baking soda and salt
Pour in the COLD water.
Using a ladel , mix tea, almost like scooping it up, and allowing it to fall back into the pot. Continue this mixing about 25 times.
Continue to boil the tea for another 15 - 20 minutes
The tea mixture should be a dark
burgundy in color.
The tea is ready.
Boil milk in a separate container
with the cardamon pods.
Now, to get that beautiful pink color, pour a strained 1/2 cup of tea with a 1/2 cup of boiled milk.
The color is pink, right ??!!
Add sugar to taste.
Add crushed almonds/ pistachio nuts.
Enjoy.

(( more tips :: Do not use too much lea leaves. Using a little less is ok.
Do not use too much baking soda.
You must add the cold water
You must mix liquid, however over mixing is not recommennded.
Yes this tea takes about 1 hour
and 10 minutes from start to finish, but it is worth it

6:30 PM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

thanks. i'm going to try this this weekend. :-)

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,sum1 ,please help me get pink tea.tried alda above reciepes,do i use cold water and tea leaves r boil da water and dn add da tealeaves

4:20 PM  
Blogger randy said...

Boil and add leaves - you can control it better that way

9:53 AM  

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