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Kashmiri Chai Recipe (Pink Tea)

A hearty and delicious tea that is meant to sipped slowly in winter nights.
Course tea
Cuisine Pakistani
Keyword Kashmiri chai recipe, Kashmiri tea recipe, pink tea recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 178kcal


  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoon kashmiri tea leaves
  • 9 green cardamom ,crushed ( choti elaichi)
  • 3 inch cinnamon ,broken into chip (dal cheeni)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda (khane ka soda)
  • 1 cup cold water (pani)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon sugar (cheeni),( optional, since sugar is not added in Kashmiri tea but some non kashmiri people like it sweet.)
  • 2 cup milk for strong or 3 cup milk for light (dhood)
  • ½ cup cream optional
  • 1 tablespoon grounded pistachios (pista), optional
  • 1 tablespoon grounded almonds (badaam), optional
  • * For authentic taste and aroma use Kashmiri tea. If not available use pure green tea leaves can also be used.

Other variations ( in some regions these ingredients are also added)

  • 4 jasmine flowers (chambeli)
  • 1 star anise (badyaan phool)
  • 4 cloves (laung)


  • In a wide based skillet, take water, Kashmiri tea leaves, salt and cardamom, cinnamon.
  • Bring it boil and let it boil for a minute. Now add baking soda.
  • Cook more till you get deep red color and water is reduced to half. (20-30 minutes)
  • Add ice cold water in boiling hot tea. Mix well for 1 minutes.
  • Kehwa is ready. You can strain, cool and store in fridge for 3-4 days.
  • When making tea add milk, sugar (if using) and powdered dry fruits to kehwa.
  • Cook for another 2-3 minutes and serve. Garnish with more nuts.


Update :For best results use Kashmiri tea, if you don't have Kashmiri tea, you can use green tea instead, but in my personal experience green tea does give a very similar taste to kashmiri tea but fails to give pink color. Although, you can add pink food color. But that is a fix and not authentic way.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 4026mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg