There’s something about the freezing Delhi winters… They might leave one cold and shivering, but one loves them nonetheless! The wintry mornings here are beautiful in particular, with dew drops glistening on the lush green surroundings, a timid sun struggling to fight the fog, and a cool breeze fluttering her lashes and saying, “Fight you two for survival. I am here to stay!”
As one sits out in the open, soaking in the feeling, the best company one can get is a steaming hot cup of masala chai or coffee. Being the no-tea-no-coffee-for-me-please person always had me at a disadvantage when it came to warming myself with a soothing drink in the chilly Delhi winters. But that was only till I visited Kashmir and had the opportunity to spend a day in a local household. There, I found my elixir for winters — the fragrant Kahwa!
If you are a tea/coffee hater like me, or just want to savor this Kashmiri delight, here’s the recipe for you.
INGREDIENTS: (For two)
4 cups water
4 whole cardamoms
4 cinnamon sticks
A spoon of green tea leaves (optional)
A pinch of saffron
A few almonds, boiled in water for 5 mins, peeled and very thinly sliced.
2 teaspoons of sugar
Boil the water with the green tea leaves, whole cardamoms, cinnamon sticks and saffron on medium flame till it reduces to half. Add sugar. Simmer for 2 mins and strain into two cups. Add the almond slivers and lose yourself in the aroma!
Eat, drink and be merry! 🙂