Nun Chai ( Kashmiri tea)

On a cold winter day, decided to reblog this savory tea.

Food For The Soul

Kashmiri Nun Chai

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Nun Chai was not traditionally made in our house while I was growing up so I relied on other resources to savor this wonderful salty tea. Memories include waiting for the housekeeper to wake up or knocking on the their shack behind our house to get a cupful. Earlier memories revolve around waiting for Sunday afternoons when the very old “dai” would walk 5 miles to our house and I would coax her into making me tea. Sitting outside early mornings or lazy afternoons, this tea always warmed my soul.

With no access to a Samovar, hot coals and time…the recipe below is simple, inspired by a verbal recipe rally between friends and some experiments at home. Variations and secrets are welcome.

Tips:

Nun Chai leaves are green tea not black tea so try to use the authentic leaves ( borrow from friends)

Use good baking soda…

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