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Episode 150: Kashmiri Pink Tea

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.

Episode 174: Kenyan Chai

I’ve gotta say…I’m really a fan of this Kenyan Chai from Zoomdweebie’s. This blend includes black tea from Kenya and it’s mixed with ras el hanout, a savory, pungent spice blend used in North African cuisine.

Ras el hanout is filled with great aromatics (cumin, ginger, cinnamon, etc.), and the unique mix of spices gives a really complex taste to this blend. It’s great hot and fantastic as an iced tea. I love how tea can take you around the world from just a single cup! I just wish I could buy more of this particular blend.