Kashmiri Sheer Chai | How to make Kashmiri Sheer Chai

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ByChef (Mrs) Reetu Uday Kugaji
Created on 27th Feb 2016
  • Kashmiri Sheer Chai, How to make Kashmiri Sheer Chai

About Kashmiri Sheer Chai

Sheer Chai (also called Noon Chai, Kashmiri Salted Tea, Pink Tea and Gulabi chai) is a traditional tea beverage from Kashmir. It is a part of Kashmiri culture to drink this beverage two to three times a day with traditional Kashmiri breads like Sheermal and Bakarkhani.

Kashmiri Sheer Chai is a delicious and yummilicious dish which is one of the popular dish of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiri Sheer Chai is an easy yet mouthwatering recipe for you to enjoy. It is a great alternative when you want something really perfect to eat. Restaurant style Kashmiri Sheer Chai is liked by everyone and is easily available at almost every restaurant. You can also call it as a quick and easy recipe which you can make at your home. The preparation time of this recipe is 5 minute and it takes 10 minute to cook it properly. It is an amazing dish which is liked by the people of every region. By the help of this recipe you can definitely know how to make a perfect Kashmiri Sheer Chai. It is an amazing dish which is perfectly appropriate for any occasion. Kashmiri Sheer Chai is delicious as well as healthy dish because it contains large amount of health benefiting nutrients. It is a perfect dish to prepare for the beginners. Cooking Kashmiri Sheer Chai is an art and while preparing this dish you can feel the aroma of this delicious Kashmiri Sheer Chai. Surprise your family and friends by preparing this hotel style Kashmiri Sheer Chai at your home.

  • Prep Time5mins
  • Cook Time10mins
  • Serves4People
Kashmiri Sheer Chai

Ingredients to make Kashmiri Sheer Chai

  • Water- 4 cups
  • Whole milk- 1 ½ cups
  • Tea leaves (Black / Green)- 1 tsp
  • Ground Green Cardamom- 2 gm
  • Baking Soda- a pinch
  • Cinnamon Sticks-1/2 inch piece
  • Crushed Peppercorns- 1/2 gm
  • Poppy seeds-2 gm
  • Fresh cream- 30 ml
  • Pistachio nuts, crushed- 2 gm
  • Powdered Almonds- 5 gm
  • Saffron-1/4 th gm

How to make Kashmiri Sheer Chai

  1. The Sheer Chai is a pinkish and queer tasting drink for people who have not tasted it. It is made of salt, black tea, sugar and soda. The peculiar color of the pinkish tea is because of the addition of soda.
  2. Pour water in a large pan and add tea leaves, salt, seeds of green cardamom and bicarbonate of soda to it.
  3. Bring to boil and then simmer quickly for 05-08 minutes or until it reduces 3/4th its original quantity.
  4. A burgundy/dark pinkish film will appear on the surface which indicates that it is boiled to the desired level.
  5. While it is still boiling, add the cinnamon bark, poppy seeds, crushed peppercorns and cold water. Bring to boil and simmer for 02 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, take the boiled tea in the ladle and raise the level of the ladle about 8-10 inches and pour the tea back to the pan. Repeat it for at least ten to twenty times. This will bring a change in the colour of tea
  7. Stop the process when you find the colour becomes peachy/ burgundy with a prominent pink tinge and let it sit for a while. Strain the tea and keep it aside.
  8. Boil the milk with ground cardamom over low heat and add the prepared tea blend to it.
  9. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes over low heat.
  10. Remove from heat and pour into the cups which are already filled with crushed almonds and pistachios. Spoon the thick cream or malai and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of pistachio over it to garnish. Add few strands of saffron on the top.
My Tip: 1. Adding excess amount of baking soda will sweeten the tea even if sugar is not used to prepare it. Also be careful to use the correct proportion of tea leaves because the desired pinkish colour will not be obtained if more than the required amount of tea leaves are used. 2. If green tea is used do not boil only infuse in hot water or the flavour will be lost.

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