I’m drinking two chai teas in a row this week, but I’ve got to say…these two are remarkably different. This tea goes by many names (noon chai, Kashmiri tea, pink tea, etc.), but you can find it most commonly referred to as Kashmiri pink tea.
If these HUGE leaves look familiar, that’s because this is green tea. Traditionally, Kashmiri pink tea is prepared with baking soda, milk, salt, cardamom, and crushed almonds and pistachios for garnishing. The special preparation method is what produces the pink color, and it has a salty, nutty flavor that is very savory and will warm you from the inside out.
It’s a bit of an acquired taste — and I have not acquired it — but I wanted to switch things up a bit for this 150th episode.