Starting the day with a hot cup of tea is a daily ritual for most of us. It refreshes you, energises you and prepares you to face the day ahead. However, it has been known since ages that teas are much more than just a wakeup call. They are a wonderful remedy for various health issues like when you are suffering from cold or an upset stomach, or even when fighting stress or morning sickness. Kahwa tea is one such beverage which is an amazing combination of delicious taste, aroma and a bundle of health benefits. It has been known to be a part of Kashmir’s cuisine since ages. Due to the presence of saffron, it serves as a warming drink and helps to withstand the cold winters.
Kahwa is an exotic mix of Kashmiri green tea leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron, which was traditionally prepared in a brass kettle known as samovar. The samovar has a central cavity where hot coal is placed while the surrounding space is reserved for boiling the water and other ingredients for the tea.
There are different types of kahwa tea depending on the combinations of ingredients used, and each one has its own distinct flavour and aroma. An ideal Kashmiri Kahwa contains saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves
along with one or two dried fruits such as cherries, apples, raisins, pine nuts
, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, dried apricots or dates
.Benefits of Kahwa Tea
Kahwa tea is known for its numerous health benefits. Some of them are listed below:1. Improves Digestion
Kahwa tea helps to cleanse the digestive system and improves metabolism
. It is also known to ease digestive problems such as constipation.
2. Burns Fat
In Kashmiri households, it is served after meals since it not only aids in digestion but also helps to wash away fat, thus making it an ideal addition to a weight watcher’s diet. It also helps to prevent the deposition of cholesterol in blood vessels and thus reduces the risk of heart
3. Builds Immunity
The saffron present in Kahwa tea is an excellent source of vitamin B12
, which helps to recharge the body’s defense system.
4. Stress Buster
Being rich in antioxidants
, kahwa tea helps to make you feel relaxed and reduces anxiety levels. It also helps to counteract against the negative effects of stress induced toxins in the body.
5. Remedy for Cold
It serves as a perfect home remedy for cold, sore throat and chest congestion. It also helps to get rid of the phlegm that develops during cold.
6. Improves Skin Health
The presence of antioxidants helps to moisturise the skin and reduce the occurrence of acne
. The crushed almonds added to the tea also work well to cleanse the skin and bring about a natural glow.
7. Energy Booster
Kahwa tea is not only a great way to kick start the day but also helps to instantly recharge you whenever you feel tired or lethargic. It is the perfect beverage to relieve headaches
, cheer you up and to make you feel more active.
How to Make Kahwa Tea
My favourite recipe is as below. The soothing drink with its pale golden tinge imparted by the saffron along with the mild flavour and aroma of spices instantly rejuvenates both your body and mind.Ingredients:
1 cup water
2 cardamoms, slightly crushed
½ inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp Kashmiri green tea
A few strands saffron
1-2 tsp honeyMethod:
1. Boil 1 cup of water along with cardamom
, cloves and cinnamon.
2. Add Kashmiri green tea leaves and switch off the flame. Let it infuse for about 2-3 minutes.
3. In the meantime, blanch and slice 2 almonds and put in a tea cup along with a few strands of saffron.
4. Strain and pour the tea into the cup. Sweeten with honey and enjoy. Note
: In case Kashmiri green tea leaves are not available, you can replace it with any other green tea.Disclaimer:The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.For the latest food news, health tips and recipes, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.