Golden Sunrise, Qehwa or Kashmiri Kahwa Tea

by Shobha Hegde
Kashmiri Kahwa Tea

Delightful, Spice-laced, Enchanting aromas. Refreshes and rejuvenate. All-natural, Natural glow to the skin

A traditional and popular beverage which comes from Kashmir. Commonly known as Kashmiri Kahwa/ Qehwa or Kehwa Tea. In India, the most beautiful and heavily land Kashmir. A beautiful serene surrounded by snow and mountain valley.

Why it’s common in Kashmir?

Kahwa makes your body warm which suits the cold climate of Kashmir. The golden colour is very pleasing to the eyes. Tea is rich and mildly spicy in taste. Saffron is easily available in Kashmir. The garnish of the saffron strand in the tea gives an unforgettable fragrance as a tea brewer.

Butterfly pea flower TeaYeah! Reminds me of the Butterfly pea flower tea. In the modern world, there’s hardly time to indulge in relax sessions and keep your health in check. A healthy hot cup of tea gives a break time. I am not a teetotaler. My favourite tea instead of Green Tea. My personal choice of a beverage due to its mesmerizing golden colour and rich aroma. Moreover dairy-free, sugar-free and guilt-free. Healthy tea to kick start your day.

The first sip of the tea spells the magic elixir which brings close to wellness. A great option to include in our lifestyle. 

  • Green Tea LeavesUse green tea leaves with a brand name
  • Sweetener – Natural sweetener  Honey/jaggery. I suggest not to add honey when the water is hot, honey becomes poisonous.
  • Spices– Two fragrant spices  cardamom, cinnamon Use true cinnamon and not cassia cinnamon 
  • Dry Nuts Almond and walnut
  • Saffron – A spice derived from the flower crocus known as the saffron crocus. 

Wheatgrass and Strawberry SmoothieIn Kashmir Tea is brewed in a copper kettle known as Samovar. A large metallic vessel used to boil water to brew tea and coffee. Traditional Kashmiri Samovar has engraved or embossed calligraphic motifs. It has a central cavity where the hot coal is placed and the surrounding place left for burning. Modern urban living uses electric samovar.

Nuts are used in most of Kashmiri cuisine. Sprinkle some nuts on top.  Saffron strands are costly by weight instead you can use dried rose petals for a mildly sweet fragrance. It sounds economical too. Saffron is rich in vitamin B12 and aids in immunity.

Tea has multiple health benefits as well

  • Detoxifier-Cleanses the stomach, improves digestion and metabolism
  • Stress Buster– All-natural remedy to scare away stress
  • Remedy for a common cold-Antioxidant-rich helps to get rid of the stubborn cold!
  • Improves Heart health– reduces cholesterol keeping your heart happy and healthy
  • Glowing and youthful– Antioxidants in tea helps to moisturize the skin and soothes the acne-affected areas. Natural glow!
  • Energy booster– Helps boost your immune system.

Khawa tea mix is readily available in the local market of Kashmir. However, here you can buy online through Amazon. Tea can also be prepared with regular green tea. 

Kashmiri Kahwa Tea

Kahwa Golden Sunrise, Qehwa or Kashmiri Tea

Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.5/5
( 2 voted )


  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 Tsp Green Tea leaves
  • 2-inch Cinnamon
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 4-5 Saffron strands optional
  • 5-6 dried Rose petals
  • 2 Tbsp Honey/ Organic jaggery powder
  • 4-5 Almond finely chopped
  • 2-3 Walnuts finely chopped


  1. Take water in a pan. Boil 3 cups of water on high flame
  2. Slightly crush Cardamom and Cinnamon in a mortar-pestle
  3. Add the crushed items into the pan.
  4. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.  (Let it boil till 1 cup of water evaporates )
  5. Add Kashmiri Tea or Green Tea
  6. Switch of the flame.
  7. Add Honey/Jaggery/Sugar (sweetener as per your choice)
  8. Let it steep for a minute.
  9. Strain the Kahwan in cups.
  10. Add nuts Almonds and Walnuts.
  11. Garnish with few strands of Saffron (Its costly ;-) )

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