How to make Kashmiri Sheer Chai

Posted on Oct 20 2018 - 3:31pm by kumar
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Serves: 4 People

    Ingredients to make Kashmiri Sheer Chai :

  • Water– 4 cups
  • Whole milk- 1 ½ cups
  • Tea leaves (Black / Green)- 1 tsp
  • Ground Green Cardamom– 2 gm
  • Baking Soda– a pinch
  • Cinnamon Sticks-1/2 inch piece
  • Crushed Peppercorns– 1/2 gm
  • Poppy Seeds-2 gm
  • Fresh Cream– 30 ml
  • Pistachio nuts, crushed- 2 gm
  • Powdered Almonds– 5 gm
  • Saffron-1/4 th gm

    How to make Kashmiri Sheer Chai :

  • The Sheer Chai is a pinkish and queer tasting drink for people who have not tasted it.
  • It is made of salt, black tea, sugar and soda. The peculiar color of the pinkish tea is because of the addition of soda.
  • Pour water in a large pan and add tea leaves, salt, seeds of green cardamom and bicarbonate of soda to it.
  • Bring to boil and then simmer quickly for 05-08 minutes or until it reduces 3/4th its original quantity.
  • A burgundy/dark pinkish film will appear on the surface which indicates that it is boiled to the desired level.
  • While it is still boiling, add the cinnamon bark, poppy seeds, crushed peppercorns and cold water.
  • Bring to boil and simmer for 02 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, take the boiled tea in the ladle and raise the level of the ladle about 8-10 inches and pour the tea back to the pan.
  • Repeat it for at least ten to twenty times. This will bring a change in the colour of tea
  • Stop the process when you find the colour becomes peachy/ burgundy with a prominent pink tinge and let it sit for a while. Strain the tea and keep it aside.
  • Boil the milk with ground cardamom over low heat and add the prepared tea blend to it.
  • Bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes over low heat.
  • Remove from heat and pour into the cups which are already filled with crushed almonds and pistachios.
  • Spoon the thick cream or malai and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of pistachio over it to garnish. Add few strands of saffron on the top.
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