How To Make Authentic Kashmiri Kahwah or Kehwa at Home

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How To Make Authentic Kashmiri Kahwah or Kehwa at Home 3.83/5 (76.67%) 6 votes

This recipe comes to you from a writer who was born in Kashmir, and spent 18 years of her life in the valley of flowers.

You’re getting this recipe direct from the horse’s mouth, so, if you want to taste the true and genuine Kehwa, the way it is made in Kashmir, you better try it.

Kehwa is a traditional beverage consumed in parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and India. It refreshes and somewhat relieves the chill in the winters. It is basically a Kashmiri green tea preparation that has been in vogues since medieval times.

The Traditional Kahwah recipe:

Ingredients:
3 cups of Water
½ teaspoon Kahwa-tea leaves (green tea leaves)
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Clove
2 Cardamom pods
1-2  Saffron strands
5-6 crushed Almonds or Walnuts
Sugar to taste.

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Fomin Samovar

At this point, you should know that a Samovar is a kettle. The Samovar is used to brew, boil and serve tea & Kehwa. Its inside is equipped with a vertical pipe at the center. Coals are dropped into this pipe and lit. The water and other ingredients are poured in the space around the pipe.

If you don’t own a Samovar, use an ordinary kettle.

Take water and put it to boil in the Samovar or kettle, add Kehwa tea leaves, spices, sugar and allow the concoction to boil for 4-5 minutes until a yellowish color emerges.

Pour out the Kehwa in cups and garnish with almond crumbs. Do not chill.

Easy recipe:

Ingredients:
3 cups of Water
½ teaspoon Kahwa-tea leaves (green tea leaves)
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Clove
2 Cardamom pods
1-2  Saffron strands
5-6 crushed Almonds or Walnuts
Sugar to taste

Add water in a container and put it to boil. Add sugar and the spices. After 3-4 minutes add Kehwa-leaves and wait for a yellowish color to emerge.

Put crushed almonds in empty cups and pour the hot Kehwa over them.

Do not over boil the kehwa tea-leaves, it gives a bitter taste. Re-heating the Kehwa-tea-leaves does the same, therefore drink the tea while it is hot.

Kahwa is caffeine-free and well-known for its medicinal properties. It is usually sipped after dinner because it aids digestion. It contains helpful antioxidants and energizes the body in the cold weather.

Here are a few recipe variations you must try. Absolute potboilers.

Twisted and Wicked Kehwa Recipes

#1  Cumin Kehwa: Works great for tummy problems and tastes fantastic too.

Ingredients:
2 cups of Water
¼ teaspoon Aniseed
2 Cardamom pods
¼ teaspoon Cumin Seed
½ teaspoon Tea leaves (for color)
2-3 teaspoons of Sugar.

Boil water and add the condiments and sugar in it — don’t boil the tea leaves. Allow the concoction to boil for 4-5 minutes. Place the tea-leaves in a strainer and pour the hot mix through it to make a yellowish-brown appearance. Drink hot. Burp.

#2  Ginger Kehwa: Helps fight cold, sore throat, cough, headaches, migraine, stomach problems and inflammation.

Ingredients:
2 cups of Water
2 Cardamom pods
½  teaspoon pestled Ginger
½ teaspoon Tea leaves (for color)
2-3 teaspoons of Sugar.

Put water to boil and add sugar, ginger and cardamom — don’t add tea leaves. Boil for 6-7 minutes it turns pale yellow. Strain through tea-leaves to get a brownish color. Drink hot.

#3  Mint Kehwa: Helps relieve stomach problems and cold, and is hugely tasty.

Ingredients:
2 cups of Water
2 Cardamom pods
3-4 Mint leaves (or ¼ teaspoons of Dried Mint Leaves Powder)
½  teaspoon pestled Ginger (optional)
½ teaspoon Tea leaves (for color)
2-3 teaspoons of Sugar.

Add mint leaves or powder to boiling water along with other spices and sugar — no tea leaves.  Pour the kehwa through a strainer with tea leaves in it. Relish.

#4 Lemon Kehwa: (my fav.) Helps fix  stomach aches, nausea, dizziness and vomiting. It tastes sweet-sour and is very refreshing.

Ingredients:
2 cups of Water
1 lemon
2 Cardamom pods (optional)
½ teaspoon Tea leaves (for color)
2-3 teaspoons of Sugar.

Boil sugar, cardamom pods (no tea leaves) in water for 3-5 minutes. Add tea-leaves in a strainer and squeeze the lemon over it. Pour boiling concoction through the strainer and serve hot.

 

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