Kashmiri chai

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      25 min

Appears in
Lands of the Curry Leaf

By Peter Kuruvita

Published 2018

  • About

Also known as noon chai, this amazingly pink beverage is made from the same tea leaves as green tea, but varies dramatically in taste. A bit salty and incredibly creamy, this chai tea is as unique in taste as it is in appearance. The colour comes from the tea reacting with the bicarbonate of soda.


  • teaspoons good-quality Kashmiri tea or oolong tea leaves
  • a small pinch of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)


Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the tea leaves and 185–250 ml (6–9 fl oz/¾–1 cup) water and bring to the