Dud é Kahwe in Kashmir, as we all know is famous not only for its captivating beauty but rich cultural heritage. Kashmiris take pride when it comes to showcasing their cuisine which is highly influenced by Persia. This week, the focus is on ‘Dudh Kahwa’, which despite being mouth-wateringly delicious is the lesser known Kashmiri beverage. As the name suggests, the primary ingredient of dudh kahwa is milk. It is prepared by boiling milk with special green tea leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, and a little sugar. It is traditionally prepared in a samovar. It has a rich creamy texture, and a wonderful sweet flavour. Almond shavings are often used to garnish this beverage. In olden times, it was uncommon and usually prepared by the upper class. Although it is relatively less popular in the world, it’s an important part of Kashmiri cuisine. It is served on special occasions with warm Kashmiri bread (chxot), or ‘sheermal’. Just like the traditional kahwa, dudh kahwa has a number of health benefits. It is a remedy for congested chest, sore throats, common cold and indigestion. A warm cup of dudh kahwa is very relaxing and perfect to rejuvenate after a long day.
(Contributed By: Anonymous)