What is Kashmiri green tea leaves, Kashmiri chai ki patti?
Kashmiri green tea leaves is traditional tea leaves from the eternally beautiful land of Kashmir. They are dark blackish green tea leaves. They are used to make the famous Kashmir green tea recipe called kahwa. Fresh green tea leaves are unoxidized leaves which are simply heated after picking to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation.
How to select Kashmiri green tea leaves, Kashmiri chai ki patti
A good quality of Green tea should smell grassy, light and fresh. When steeped, excellent tea should be deeply aromatic and amplify the unique scents of the dry tea leaves.
Culinary Uses of Kashmiri green tea leaves, Kashmiri chai ki patti in Indian Cooking
These tea leaves are used to make the most famous Kashmir tea recipe using tea leaves and spices and saffron which is called “Kahwa”.
How to store Kashmiri green tea leaves, Kashmiri chai ki patti
Store tea in a dark, cool and dry place away from strong odors and moisture. Do not store tea in containers above the stove because it is too humid and warm. Tea hates moisture, light, and heat. A well-sealed container kept in a cool dry place is best. But never in the refrigerator or freezer, or in a clear glass jar unless it is stored in a dark place. And NO plastic! When stored properly, loose tea should have a shelf-life of about two years, also check on the expiry date.
Health benefits of Kashmiri green tea leaves, Kashmiri chai ki patti
Polyphenols including flavonoids are naturally occurring plant chemicals (called phytochemicals) that are found in green tea leaves and have strong antioxidant properties. These are considered to have properties that protect or act against cancer and also counteract the harmful effects of free radicals in the body. Some other health benefits that you receive from these tea leaves are weight loss, a boost to the immune system, and younger looking skin. Kashmiri green tea leaves in the form of 'Kahwa' is also used as a home remedy for cold and cough.