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Hindustan Times


By Neha Yadav
Published Jan 19, 2023

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All You Need To Know About Kashmiri Tea

The Kashmiri tea, also known as Nun Chai is pink in colour and is a significant part of Kashmiri hospitality

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Here is everything you need to know about Kashmiri tea loved by locals and travellers

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Nun chai in the local Kashmiri language means salted tea. It is indigenous to Kashmir valley and known for its salty taste and pink colour

The pink colour comes from a pinch of baking soda added to the tea. Baking soda reacts with tea leaves to give it a pink hue

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This tea is infused with spices like star anise and garnished with crushed nuts like pistachio, almonds and cashews

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Interestingly, Nun chai first came to Kashmir from Yarkand, in Turkestan which is now in China

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Gur-Gur chai in Ladakh and Sheer Chai are variants of Nun Chai. Few variants are sweetened by adding sugar

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To make Nun chai, the green tea leaves are brewed in baking soda, known as phel until a thick brown color called tyoth is obtained

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Water, salt, and milk are added to the tyoth to obtain the rosy blush-pink colour

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Kashmiri tea is traditionally made in the copper samavar and served in traditional cups called Khos

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Piping hot Nun chai is typically served alongside Kashmiri bread known as Chochwor

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Going by various names like Gulabi chai, and Kashmiri chai, this pink tea is a comfort drink for locals and travellers in the cold weather

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