Warm, soothing Kashmiri Kahwa from the Himalayan mountains of India
Known for its cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron flavor, kahwa is a Kashmiri tea. Have it any time of the year and feel like royalty! Make it at home with these simple instructions.
4 tsp Green Tea Leaves
4 strands Saffron
1 inch piece Cinnamon
2 Green Cardamom / Elaichi Peeled
1 tsp Almond butter
1 tsp date syrup (can add more for more sweetness)
Peel green cardamom / elaichi. Grind all ingredients together into a very fine powder. This is the Kashmiri Kahwa soiced green tea powder.
Blend almond butter with date syrup and some water, if required. This is the sweetened almond mylk concentrate.
Heat a little less than 2 glasses of water in a vessel. Once it starts boiling, remove from stove, add 1/2 to 1 tsp of Kashmiri kahwa spiced green tea powder. Mix well and cover for 3 minutes.
Once tea has infused and cooled down slightly, mix in sweetened almond mylk concentrate. If the milk splits, wait until it cools down some more, then blend. It will return to a smooth consistency. Serve warm, not too hot!
- Sugar and Jaggery are processed foods. Although jaggery is healthier than brown sugar, which, in turn, is healthier than white sugar, all forms of processed foods are unhealthy when compared to whole plant foods. Honey is healthwise as good as jaggery, which isn't saying much. In addition to not being very healthy, honey production kills millions of bees every year, affecting our environment adversely. The best sweetener alternative is a whole fruit or dry fruit. The easiest method of using these is date syrup, as it does not involve peeling or chopping.
- Dairy products have been found to be associated with increased risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, asthma, PCOS, and heart disease. We can still enjoy our milk, cream, and butter though - as long as they are made from whole plant foods!
- The healthiest beverages are those that have a lot of herbs and spices (to enhance antioxidant levels), a bit of fruit and a nut or two (to enhance phytonutrient absorption). This recipe perfectly fits the bill!