Kashmiri Kahwah, a Drink From India (+Recipe)

March 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Kashmiri Kahwah, a green tea-based hot drink, is very popular during the winter in Kashmir across India and Pakistan. Traditionally, kahwah is served in a samovar, a traditional, beautifully crafted heated metal container with a coal chamber. Kashmiris drink kahwah almost all day long in the winter.


Cinnamon bark
Green cardamom pods
Green tea leaves
Saffron strands
Sweetener/sugar to taste


Boil a cup of water.

When the water is about to boil, add a very small piece of cinnamon and three green cardamom pods to the water.

Turn off the heat as soon as the water boils and immediately add half a spoonful of green tea leaves and a few strands of saffron. Let rest for two minutes.

Pound five almonds and put them into a small bowl or cup. (Traditionally kahwa is drunk in small bowls or tiny, shallow cups) 

Gently pour the decoction through a sieve. Serve hot.


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