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  • 6 tsp. of Green Tea Leaves
  • 15 seeds from Cardamom Pods (Choti Ilaichi)
  • Ground Cardamom (Pisi Ilaichi)
  • 6 tsp. Pistachios (Pista) (grounded)
  • tsp. Soda Bicarbonate
  • Full Cream
  • Fresh Cream (Malai)
  • liter Whole Milk
  • 6 cups Water

  1. Pour water in a large heavy based pan. Add tea leaves, salt, seeds of green cardamom and soda bicarbonate. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer briskly for 45 minutes or until it reduces to 1/3 its quantity.
  2. While it is boiling, pour in about 2-3 cups of cold water or enough water to make four cups in total. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat, strain and set aside.
  3. In a pot, boil the whole milk with ground cardamom over low heat. Pour in the prepared tea water (Qahwa). Bring to a boil, add salt and simmer for 3-5 minutes over low heat. Remove from heat and pour into 6 cups. Pour 1 tablespoon of cream or malai. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of pistachio over it.

Note: Flavor of tea depends on the quality of the green tea leaves used.

Serving Suggestions: Serve Hot
Yield: 6 Servings
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Recipe Category: Hot Beverage
Recipe Ethnic Group: Kashmiri
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