Kashmiri Salty Tea | Chai Chronicles
America might or might not run on coffee, but India definitely runs on Tea. Tea is one commodity which you can find in every part of India, no matter how remote the area is.
This is my ‘Chai Sutta Chronicles’ from the time I lived in Kashmir for mountaineering training in JIM&WS.
Journey To The Valley!
We had just completed our mountaineering training at
Aru valley and we were on our way back to the Pahalgam (nearest town). We got hit by the snow storm and two hours later we reached the Pahalgam. The driver stopped by his house before our next stop: Srinagar.
As any other Indian would, he invited us to his house and offered tea. We accepted and took our first sip and had our mouth filled with this salty mixture of milk and water.
A silence broke down among us and we just looked at each other.
The driver seemed to enjoy the tea without any hesitation.
Later the host asked, “How’s the tea?”
With confusion, I said, “this has salt instead of sugar.”
He smiled and replied, “We drink it with salt.”
I said to myself, “This is insane, put that away.”
On the other hand, I didn’t want to be rude.
We chugged the tea and were about to leave, the driver
Everyone stood there
After coming out, everyone gulped down water to dampen the salty taste.
After a couple of hours on the road, we stopped at a Dhaba for lunch and at the
We ordered another round of sweet tea and left for Srinagar.
It’s not that the taste of the tea is awful, but salt in the tea caught us off guard.
If you want to try this tea by yourself, here is the recipe.