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Roohi's Zafran Kahwa (Kashmiri Saffron Tea)
Recipe by: Roohi Nazki, the legend behind Chai Jaai in Srinagar
Makes: 1 to 2 cups
Kahwa—also known as kehwa, and referred to as the "drink of the soul"—is a Kashmiri saffron tea lightly flavored with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and almonds. At Chai Jaai, one of Srinagar's best cafes, Roohi Nazki prepares it in a Samovar (a tradtional tea kettle used in Kashmir), but you can easily prepare it at home in a saucepan at home. Best enjoyed piping hot!
Cook's note: To blanch almonds, place them in a small bowl, cover with boiling water and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain, slip skins off the almonds, composting the skins and saving the blanched almonds.