6 Incredible Kahwa Tea Benefits, the Flavourful Kashmiri Green Tea

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6 Incredible Kahwa Tea Benefits, the Flavourful Kashmiri Green Tea

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  1. Making Pakistani Mix Tea

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      Gather your ingredients. You will need the following items: 1.5 cups of water, 1/4 cup full fat milk, ¾ tablespoon loose black tea and 1.5 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Sweeten your tea to taste; if you prefer your tea to be sweeter, increase the amount of sugar your use per cup.[1]

      • This recipe makes one cup of tea, but you can easily double and triple the recipe to accommodate a larger group.
      • Tapal Danedar is a very popular Pakistani tea that is frequently used in this recipe.
      • If you don’t have loose leaf tea, you can cut up already existing tea bags.
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      Boil your tea. Pour your 1.5 cups of water in a saucepan and allow it to boil. Once the water is bubbling, add your loose leaf tea. Cover your saucepan and allow it to simmer for one minute on low heat until your tea turns a shade of dark orange.[2]

      • One your tea has changed colors, add your milk to the pot. Allow your milky tea to simmer for a minute or two over low heat.
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      Strain and serve your tea. Pour your tea mixture over a colander to strain out the extra tea particles. Pour your tea into a teacup or teapot and enjoy![3]

      • Add a pinch of cardamom and cinnamon to your tea for added aroma and increased flavor. You can add the spices directly to your completed cup of tea.
      • You can add your 1.5 teaspoons of sugar at this point, or leave the sugar out entirely if your tea is sweet enough.

    Method2

    Making Masala Chai

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      Gather your ingredients. You will need the following items: ¾ cup water, 2-4 smashed cardamom pods, 1-2 thin slices of fresh ginger, a 1-inch cinnamon stick, 1 piece star anise, ¾ cup milk, 1.5 teaspoons loose black tea leaves and sweetener to taste.[4]

      • Honey and maple syrup are the preferred sweeteners for this recipe.
      • This recipe will make one 8 ounce serving of tea.
      • Star anise is a Chinese cooking spice and can be purchased at Chinese grocery stores, or omitted entirely.
      • Smash your cardamom pods by grinding them between a mortar and pestle.
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      Make the tea immediately before serving. Combine your water, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon stick and star anise in a small saucepan. Allow the mixture to boil, then lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until your mixture has a strong fragrance. Add your milk and tea, then simmer for another minute.[5]

      • After the mixture has simmered, turn off the heat and allow the tea to steep for two minutes.
      • Strain your tea before pouring and serving. Sweeten your tea to taste.
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      Prep your tea the night before. Before you go to bed, combine the water, cardamom, cinnamon stick and star anise (do not add the ginger yet). Bring your mixture to a boil, then cover your saucepan and allow your mixture to sit overnight.[6]

      • In the morning, add the ginger and bring your mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow your mixture to simmer until it starts to smell good.
      • Add the rest of your ingredients. Allow the mixture to simmer for another minute, then turn off the heat and steep your mixture for an additional two minutes.
      • Strain and serve your chai.

    Method3

    Making Doodh Pati Chai

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      Gather your ingredients. You will need the following items: 1.5 cups water, 1 cup milk, 2 black tea bags, 4 cardamom seeds and sweetener to taste. If you don’t have tea bags, you can substitute ¾ tablespoon loose leaf tea.[7]

      • Brewers of Doodh Pati Chai believe the milk plays the strongest part in creating the tea’s flavor. For a creamier version of the drink, substitute cream for milk.[8]
      • White granulated sugar is the preferred sweetener for Doodh Pati Chai.
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      Combine your milk and water in a saucepan. Heat your liquid on high until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring occasionally. After your mixture has boiled, add your cardamom seeds, teabags and sugar into the saucepan.

      • Stir your mixture to redistribute the contents and wait for your tea to come to a boil.
      • The longer you allow your mixture to cook on the stove, the stronger the taste of your tea will be.
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      Strain and serve your tea. Doodh Pati Chai is traditionally served by pouring it into a tea-cup saucer, but you can also drink it out of a mug if you prefer.[9]

      • You can either strain your tea by pouring it into a colander, or you can filter it through a teapot filter basket.

    Method4

    Making Kashmiri Pink Chai or Noon Chai

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      Gather your ingredients. You’ll need the following items: 2 teaspoons of Kashmiri tea leaves, ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), 2 pods of smashed cardamom, 2 cups of water, 2 cups of whole milk and ½ teaspoon sea salt.[10]

      • If you don’t have Kashmiri tea leaves, you can substitute green tea leaves.
      • You have the option of garnishing your drink with 1.5 teaspoons of ground pistachios and almonds.
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      Combine your tea and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Boil your tea on medium heat until frothy. Add your bicarbonate of soda and vigorously whisk your mixture for 10 seconds. Add your other cup of water along with your cardamom and boil your tea until the mixture turns bright red.[11]

      • If you don’t have a whisk, a fork or wooden spoon will also suffice.
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      Add your milk. Turn your heat down to medium low and add your milk. Whisk the tea vigorously until a slight froth emerges. Add your salt, stir and pour your mixture into a cup. Garnish your tea by sprinkling it with your crushed pistachios and almonds.[12]

      • Once you add your milk, your tea should be a dark pink. The more milk you add, the lighter your mixture will be and the creamier your tea will taste.
  2. 8 types of chais you should know about

    Chai (tea) is literally the national drink of Pakistan. It is present on all occasions, whether it’s a protest or a wedding; all events are incomplete without at least one form of tea.

    Recently, different types of tea have been introduced in the market, and though the typical black tea will always ben everyone’s favourite, there is no reason why one should not know about the other types of tea.

    All tea is produced from a plant called camellia sinensis. There are thousands of varieties of tea available across the world, based on the region it was grown in, the time of year it was picked and the processing method that followed. Each type of tea has its own taste and health benefit.

    BLACK TEA

    Black tea is the most popular form of tea and one that most of us have grown up drinking. Full-bodied and strong, black tea tastes great alone or can be mixed with milk and sugar.

    WHITE TEA

    White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. White tea has a light colour and flavour and is appreciated by tea connoisseurs for its unmatched subtlety, natural sweetness and delicacy.

    GREEN TEA

    Green tea is also a popular type of tea and is the favourite choice amongst Asians. Some loose green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavoured teas. Straight green tea has a clean and delicious taste.

    OOLONG TEA

    Oolong tea, (pronounced as wu long tea), is most commonly recognised as Chinese tea served at a Chinese restaurant.

    HERBAL TEA

    Herbal tea is the only tea that does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family. It can be of three types: rooibos tea, mate tea or herbal infusions. Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. They can be delicious hot or iced.

    ROOIBOS TEA

    Rooibos teas are herbal infusions made from a South African red bush and popularly called `Red tea’. It is delicious, comes in a variety of flavours and can be consumed either hot or cold.

    MATE TEA

    Mate tea is considered the coffee lover’s favourite tea as it tastes like coffee. Mate is a wild shrub from Argentina that makes for a delicious, flavourful tea. Often consumed in a gourd with a filtered straw and shared among friends, these herbal teas are full of bold flavours.

    BLOOMING TEAS

    Also called artisan or flowering teas, these teas actually `bloom’ as they steep. They are hand tied by tea artists and often include some type of flavour or scent along with the beautiful design. These romantic teas also make a great gift as they look beautiful.

    TEA BLENDS

    Tea blends combine more than one type of premium tea, giving it a great flavour.

    Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, with water being the first. Tea tasting is very much like wine tasting.

    The less processed the tea leaf, the greater the antioxidants. This means that green tea has more antioxidants than black tea. White tea being the least processed has the maximum antioxidants.

    Black tea can be preserved for long periods of time, which is why China would send black tea out to the rest of the world. So, while the Chinese still consume green tea, the rest of world consumes more black tea.

    Time to head to the nearest tea house and indulge in a nice, warm cup of tea.

  3. infused water
    Drop a few leaves in a jar of water and leave it overnight. Have this water three times the next day. © Shutterstock

    Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing therapy that uses natural ingredients to heal various health conditions. In ancient India, people made this therapy a way of life and used many beneficial herbs and spices in their daily diet for optimal health. It is no wonder that they enjoyed good health and lived a healthy and disease-free life till old age. One amazing thing about our forefathers is that they had a very strong immunity. It may be due to the influence that Ayurveda had on the lives of almost everyone in those days. Ayurveda says that water is a therapeutic tool. And, when you infuse this with medicinal herbs and spices, it becomes a potent healing agent. It detoxifies the body and heals many diseases.

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    You can also derive the therapeutic benefits of infused water easily by just soaking herbs and spices in water to increase its healing power. The best way to do this is to leave it overnight and have it first thing in the morning. It is easy to make and all you need to do is just take out not even 5 minutes of your time to make it. And the best thing is that all these spices and herbs are easily available in almost all Indian homes.

    Let us take a look at a few herbs and spices that you can use to derive the various health benefits of Ayurveda.

    Triphala

    Triphala is is not one ingredient. It is actually a mixture made from Indian gooseberries, black myrobalan and haritaki. All three fruits are dried and crushed to make a powder called triphala. It comes with a range of health benefits and is a potent Ayurvedic medicine. Triphala infused water has anti-ageing properties. It heals and rejuvenates your digestive system and also helps you lose weight. It also improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation and boosts heart health. Just soak a teaspoon of this powder to a glass of water at night and have it in the morning. You can also soak triphala powder in the morning, if you want to have it at bedtime.

    Fenugreek Seeds

    Fenugreek or methi seeds taste bitter if you chew them. These seeds are packed with antioxidants and have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Soak these seeds overnight for methi-infused water, which you must drink first thing in the morning. This will help you control your blood sugar levels if you are diabetic. It also makes the immune system strong and helps you fight off many diseases. It makes the digestive system healthy and helps you lose weight too. But don’t overdo it. Having it just once in the morning is enough.

    Tulsi Leaves

    Tulsi is a potent healing agent. The leaves of this plant are known to have antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It can rejuvenate your skin and hair and offers you protection from fever and the common cold. It can also soothe sore throats. Drop a few leaves in a jar of water and leave it overnight. Have this water three times the next day. This will help in digestion and keep reflux problems away. Tulsi leaves have anti-inflammatory properties and this will also bring down inflammation and reduce your risk of heart diseases. It is also known to increases stamina, reduces stress, boost immunity and purify blood.

    Cinnamon Sticks

    This pungent spice comes loaded with antioxidants. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent. It helps your body fight off oxidative damage by free radicals and offers protection against many infections. Cinnamon-infused water can also help you control your blood sugar levels if you are diabetic.  You need to soak these sticks for a longer time. So, if you are planning to have it in the morning, soak it in the afternoon of the previous day.

    Dry Ginger

    This is a common drink in the Indian state of Kerala. It is served after meals to aid in digestion. All you have to do to make this is dry some ginger and crush it into a powder. Add this to water and have it after very meal. It will keep your digestive system healthy and boost your metabolism.

    Coriander Seeds

    These are a ich source of antioxidants. The seeds are known to bring down the levels of bad cholesterol in the body and control blood sugar levels. It has anti-inflammatory properties and this can help you get relief from arthritis pain. Coriander-infused water also helps in digestion and helps you lose weight apart from boosting your immunity. Again, just soak a teaspoon of these seeds in a glass of water overnight and have it first thing in the morning.

  4. 6 Incredible Kahwa Tea Benefits, the Flavourful Kashmiri Green Tea

    6 Incredible Kahwa Tea Benefits, the Flavourful Kashmiri Green Tea

    Starting the day with a hot cup of tea is a daily ritual for most of us. It refreshes you, energises you and prepares you to face the day ahead. However, it has been known since ages that teas are much more than just a wakeup call.  They are a wonderful remedy for various health issues like when you are suffering from cold or an upset stomach, or even when fighting stress or morning sickness. 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 such as cherries, apples, raisins, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, dried apricots or dates.

    Benefits of Kahwa Tea

    Kahwa tea is known for its numerous health benefits.  Some of them are listed below:

    1. Improves Digestion

    Kahwa tea helps to cleanse the digestive system and improves metabolism. It is also known to ease digestive problems such as constipation. It works best during winters. Not only this, it also helps cleanse your tummy well. A cupful of kahwa tea first thing in the morning can help kick start your digestion properly.

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    Kahwa tea benefits: Kahwa tea helps to cleanse the digestive system
    2. Burns Fat

    In Kashmiri households, it is served after meals since it not only aids in digestion but also helps to wash away fat, thus making it an ideal addition to a weight watcher’s diet. It also helps to prevent the deposition of cholesterol in blood vessels and thus reduces the risk of heart diseases.
    (Also Read: Low Fat Food: What To Eat And What To Avoid For Weight Loss)
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    Kahwa tea benefits: it is served after meals since it not only aids in digestion
    3. Builds Immunity

    The saffron present in Kahwa tea is an excellent source of vitamin B12, which helps to recharge the body’s defense system. The many antioxidants present in the tea can help keep your body free from any infection or ailment, especially during winters.
    (Also Read: 5 Foods That May Increase Your Immunity)
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    Kahwa tea benefits: The saffron present in Kahwa tea helps boost immunity
    4. Stress Buster

    Being rich in antioxidants, kahwa tea helps to make you feel relaxed and reduces anxiety levels. It also helps to counteract against the negative effects of stress induced toxins in the body. Few sips of kahwa tea can release all the stress and anxiety that is caused by professional or personal fronts.

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    Kahwa tea benefits: It also helps to counteract against the negative effects of stress
    5. Remedy for Cold

    It serves as a perfect home remedy for cold, sore throat and chest congestion. It also helps to get rid of the phlegm that develops during cold. The warm beverage helps cure congestion in the chest, further curing cold and cough. So, if you have a severe cold, look no further, because kahwa tea is perfect solution to your problem.

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    Kahwa tea benefits: It serves as a perfect home remedy for cold, sore throat and chest congestion
    6. Improves Skin Health

    The presence of antioxidants helps to moisturise the skin and reduce the occurrence of acne. The crushed almonds added to the tea also work well to cleanse the skin and bring about a natural glow. A cup of warm kahwa tea can ensure a healthy and glowing skin, especially during winters. In winters, you can experience a dull and dry skin that looks pale.
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    Kahwa tea benefits: he presence of antioxidants helps to moisturise the skin
    7. Energy Booster

    Kahwa tea is not only a great way to kick start the day but also helps to instantly recharge you whenever you feel tired or lethargic. It is the perfect  beverage to relieve headaches, cheer you up and to make you feel more active. A cup of tea in mid hour of the work day will perfectly cheer you up and ensure that you work more efficiently.

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    Kahwa tea benefits: Kahwa tea is a great way to kick start the day

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