Origin of Kashmiri Qawah?
Though there is no documentary evidence about the birth of Qawah, Its is said to have come from the Spice route during Kushan s Empire. Many also believe that Qawah tea leaves originated from Yarkand Valley, currently in China. In Kashmiri, Kahwah means "sweetened tea". It seems to be related with the Turkish word for coffee, Kahveh or might be derived from the Arabic word Qahwah
Historically, kahwah has been popular as a drink throughout Kashmir, Middle East, Iran, Central Asia and Afghanistan. In fact, Qawah never lost its popularity in these regions and now is a drink of choice worldwide.
Now a days in Kashmir, this historically popular drink is usually served to the guests after a celebration dinner.
Preparation of Kashmiri Shahi Qawah
Qawah , the favourite beverage of Kashmiris, is a blend of Green tea leaves and Indian spices - cinnamon, cardamom, clove , black pepper, The Kashmiri saffron (Kong) and Rose petals for the great aroma. Generally, Qawah is served with sugar or honey and crushed nuts preferable almonds or walnuts.
Home Remedy for Cold
Qawah works best in winters. A cup of Qawah can make you feel warm and helps to reduce chest congestion. It can also help you get rid of the phlegm that develops during cold.
Qawah works as a natural detox and improves body metabolism.
In Kashmir, Qawah is usually served after meals as it not only improves digestion but also helps to wash away the fat and thus reduces the risk of heart disease.
The Ingredients present in Shahi Qawah are high in antioxidants, vitamin C and Vitamin B12 etc which help to recharge defence system of your body.
Qawah helps to detoxify your body. The presence of antioxidants keeps your skin healthy
Boil 1 teaspoon of Kashmiri Shahi Qawah in 180 ml of water for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it infuse for a minute. You may also add 2 sliced almonds to the tea cup.Strain and pour. Sweeten with Honey and enjoy