Introduction: Pink Chai
Also known as Noon Chai or Kashmiri Chai, this amazingly pink beverage is made from the same tea leaves as green tea but varies dramatically in taste. A bit salty and incredibly creamy, this chai (tea) is as unique in taste as it is in appearance.
Let's get started.
Step 1: Gathering Supplies
32 ounces of milk
32 ounces cold water
12oz of cold water
1/4 tsp salt
2 heaping tbsp Kashmiri Chai or Green Tea
1/2 tsp baking soda
cinnamon stick (about 2 inches long)
6 green cardamom pods
4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
finely chopped pistachios and/or almonds for garnishing
This recipe will yield 4-5 cups of Pink Chai
Step 2: Throwing It All In
Over hi heat, pour cold water into pot. Add in Kashmiri chai, salt, baking soda, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Allow it to come to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cover. Allow to cook for 30 minutes, but check on it every 10 minutes, to make sure the water hasn't all evaporated.
Step 3: Stirring
After 30 minutes, add in 12oz of cold water. Stir vigorously for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Becoming Pink
Add in milk and sugar. Allow to come to a boil, then partially cover. Lower heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes., with the cover half on. You'll notice that the color is becoming a nice shade of pink!
Step 5: Sieving & Garnishing
Sieve the Chai, and once chai is poured into cups, sprinkle chopped almonds and/or pistachios on top. Its ready to drink! Yum!