It`s so cold outside – so obviously it’s time to get your cozy socks and your sweatpants on and enjoy a hot cup of Shir Chai. Shir Chai, also called Noon Chai, Kashmiri tea, pink tea, and Gulabi Chai, is a traditional tea beverage from Kashmir that became popular in Afghan culture. My Afghan grandmother always prepares this tea in the morning with breakfast, and some people drink it 2-3 a day! Its taste can be described as some magical combination of tea and hot chocolate. It might take you a little more effort to prepare than the average cup of tea – the green tea concentrate to be specific – but it is well worth it, I promise. And the best part is that once it’s prepared you can store it for up to a week in the fridge
- Place cold water into the a small cooking pot and add the green tea and cardamom seeds to it.
- Brew it for 30 minutes with an open lid.
- Drain the liquid and the soda salt into the hot tea.
- Cool it off by juggling the concentrate between two containers until the green foam turns reddish.
- In a separate pot, boil the milk and add as much green tea concentrate as desired, or until the milk turns to a pinkish color.
OPTIONAL: Add some sugar to sweeten.