Recipe for a warming, fragrant tea
Kahwa is derived from the Arabic word “qahwah”, which means fragrant beverage. Kashmiri kahwa is not just a tea, it’s a mandatory part of the daily routine for most Kashmiris.
Made with green tea and a mix of aromatic spices, you can customize your kahwa by adding rose petals to the water before boiling, or using honey instead of sugar. You can also choose to use chopped walnuts instead of sliced almonds.
Ingredients For Kashmiri Kahwa
4 tsp green tea leaves
1 strand saffron
2 pinches cinnamon
5 cups water
2 green cardamoms
2 tbsp sugar
Steps to Make Kashmiri Kahwa
In a mortar-pestle, lightly crush the cinnamon, clove, and green cardamoms. Almonds can also be crushed, or you can finely slice them.
Pour water into a pot or saucepan, and place on medium heat.
Add sugar or sweeten to taste, as well as the prepared spices from the first step.
Bring the water to a slow boil over medium heat.
Turn off the flame and add green tea. Then cover with a lid and let the soak the green tea soak for three minutes in the water.
Pour kahwa tea into tiny glasses using a tea filter after three minutes.
Each cup should include three or four saffron threads and chopped almonds.
Serve kahwa hot.