How to Make Sheer Chai (Pink Tea)
Sheer chai from Kashmir with its distinctive pink color. Sheer Chai also called Salt tea, Sheer Chai, Pink tea. Kashmiri tea is a traditional tea beverage made in Kashmir. The name “Noon” refers not to the time of day, but is a local word for salt- “Noon”.
It is made from special tea leaves, milk, and salt. A pinch of baking soda is added to help give it a pink color. It is prepared with pistachios and cardamom and is consumed primarily at special occasions, weddings, and during the winter months when it is sold at many kiosks.
- Water – 2 cup
- Green tea – 2 tsp
- Milk – 2 cups
- Baking soda – ¼ tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Green cardamoms – 2
- Star anise – 1
- Cream/malai – as required
- Crushed almond and pistachio – 1 tbsp
Put 1 cup of water, tea and baking soda in a saucepan. Bring to boil until color of tea turns reddish brown and water left half quantity, mix well. Now add one cup cold water, cardamom and star anise. Boil again for 5 minutes. Add salt and milk, color of tea will turn pink. Boil 1 more minute, strain and pour in cups. Garnish with some cream/malai, crushed almond and pistachio. Serve with hot roth and enjoy.