Noon Chai or Pink Tea
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A traditional beverage from Kashmir, Noon Chai is a pink colored salted tea topped with Pistachios and almond.
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 Cup
  • Kashmiri Green Tea (Kahwa): 3 Tbsp.
  • Chopped Pistachio: 2 Tsp.
  • Chopped Almond: 2 Tsp.
  • Cinnamon stick: 2”
  • Green Cardamom: 5-6
  • Star Anise: 1
  • Baking Soda: 1 Tsp.
  • Salt: ½ Tsp.
  • Sugar: 3 Tbsp.
  • Full-Fat Milk: ½ Litre
  • Cold Water: ½ Litre
  • Ice cubes: 1 Cup
  1. Process:
  2. %Making of Kashmiri Pink Tea
  3. Take Coldwater and Ice Cubes in a deep bottom vessel.
  4. Start boiling the water along with Kashmiri Green Tea (Kahwa), Green Cardamom, Cinnamon Stick, and Star Anise.
  5. Boil until the water reduces to ⅓ of the same in slow flame. It will take around 30 minutes.
  6. Add Salt and Baking Soda to the Tea liquor and give the mixture a stir. The Tea should turn frothy at this point.
  7. Stir using a spoon and bring it to boil again.
  8. Now add Milk and boil for around 5-6 minutes in low flame.
  9. Now add Sugar and boil for 1 minute until sugar dissolves completely.
  10. Switch the flame off and strain the tea using a strainer.
  11. The Tea should have a light pink color.
  12. Pour the tea into the desired cup and top it with chopped Pistachios and Almond and serve hot.
The more you boil the tea with Baking Soda the more chance of getting the desired color. if possible take around 1-liter water and reduce it to 250 ml by boiling with Baking Soda and Kahwa Tea leaves. I though have boiled ½ lit water for 30 minutes and the result was satisfactory.
Adding Sugar is optional. The authentic version does not contain sugar.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 150ml Calories: 133 Fat: 5.3g Saturated fat: 2.7g Carbohydrates: 18.2g Sugar: 15.4g Sodium: 475mg Fiber: 1.3g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 18mg
Recipe by Debjanir Rannaghar at