Also known as Noon Chai or Kashmiri Chai, this amazingly pink beverage is made from the same tea leaves as green tea but varies dramatically in taste. A bit salty and incredibly creamy, this chai (tea) is as unique in taste as it is in appearance.
32 ounces of milk
32 ounces cold water
12oz of cold water
1/4 tsp salt
2 heaping tbsp Kashmiri Chai or Green Tea
1/2 tsp baking soda
Cinnamons stick (about 2 inches long)
6 green cardamom pods
4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
Finely chopped pistachios and/or almonds for garnishing
This recipe will yield 4-5 cups of Pink Chai
Over hi heat, pour cold water into pot. Add in Kashmiri chai, salt, baking soda, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Allow it to come to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cover. Allow to cook for 30 minutes, but check on it every 10 minutes, to make sure the water hasn’t all evaporated. After 30 minutes, add in 12oz of cold water. Stir vigorously for 5 minutes.
Add in milk and sugar. Allow to come to a boil, and then partially cover. Lower heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes. You’ll notice that the color is becoming a nice shade of pink! Sieve the Chai, and once chai is poured into cups, sprinkle chopped almonds and/or pistachios on top. It’s ready to drink!