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Here’s the Benefits of Kashmiri Pink Chai;Recipe inside

Try this Special Noon Chai and know the benefits from experts.The word “noon” stands for salt in several Indian languages.

Shivani Arora

Shivani AroraBy Shivani Arora

Published on 23 Jun 2020 7:24 AM GMT

Here’s the Benefits of Kashmiri Pink Chai;Recipe inside
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Here’s the Benefits of Traditional Kashmiri Pink Chai;Recipe inside
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Noon Chai? Not familiar with this word? Try something new today. This is the tea which Kashmiris usually drink noon chai in the morning and in the afternoon with naan bread. Some people also drink it during their working hours.

Kashmiris are known to be connoisseurs of tea. One of their traditional beverages is noon chai or a pink-coloured special Kashmiri tea made with gunpowder tea (green tea leaves rolled into small balls), milk, sea salt and baking soda. In addition,the word “noon” means salt in several Indian languages.

Origin Of Kashmiri Pink Tea:

The origins of noon chai are not confirmed. It is believed to have originated in the Indian subcontinent, in the Kashmir Valley. Some experts, however, trace it back to Yarkand in Turkestan, where Atkan chai is made with salt, milk and butter. As legend goes, Kashmir’s first Muslim Sultan Saddruddin Shah (Rinchana) embraced Islam at the hands of Sayed Sharafuddin Shah from Kashgar, Turkestan, mentions madeinkashmir.org.

Here’s a recipe by chef Sanjeev Kapoor that you can try:

Ingredients

2 tbsp – Tea leaves

4-5 – Green cardamoms

1 tsp – Salt and Soda bicarbonate,Sugar

2 cups – Milk

1 inch – Cinnamon and 1 – Star anise

8-10 – Pistachios

Method

Heat two cups of water in a deep non-stick pan and bring to a boil.

Open cardamom pods and add seeds to the pan along with tea leaves, salt, soda bicarbonate, cinnamon, star anise and stir. Bring this to a boil.

Add milk, mix well and bring it to a boil. Discard tea leaves and spices.

Furthermore, Add sugar and mix well and let the sugar melt.

In addition,Strain the tea in a tea kettle.

Add finely chopped pistachios. Pour the tea in individual cups, garnish with chopped pistachios and serve hot.

Health benefits of Noon chai

A 2013 study by International Journal of Case Reports and Images, says that people love to drink noon chai “at high temperature particularly during winters”, for warmth. It is known to have digestive properties because of the sodium bicarbonate content. As per Kashmiri folklore, noon chai is refreshing in the heat and resists cold during winters. It is known to prevent heartburn and bloating because of the cardamom and baking soda content. It is also known to reduce stress and anxiety as it contains L-theanine, an amino acid component, according to reports.

Researchers, however, have argued that the salt intake through pink tea or Noon chai could increase the risk of gastric cancer. High consumption of salt (more than four cups a day) is independently associated with high risk of the gastric cancer, so it is advised to limite the its consumption.

Enjoy this Noon Chai!

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