Okay, I can not WAIT to make this! I have never heard of it until today (7/21/2015) Seems fairly simple....
Noon Chai (also called Kashmiri tea, pink tea, Gulabi chai and Sheer Chai) is a traditional tea beverage from Kashmir. It is a part of Kashmiri culture to drink this beverage 2−3 times a day with traditional Kashmiri breads and pastries like lavasa, sheermaal, kandir tchot, bakarkhani and kulcha.
Noon chai is traditionally made from special tea leaves, milk, salt, pistachios, almonds, cardamom, and cinnamon and cooked in a samavar. A pinch of baking soda is added to help give it more of a pronounced pink color. A recent variant preparation of this tea also includes sugar but it is not traditionally consumed in Kashmir. Noon Chai is also served in many parts of Pakistan at special occasions, weddings, and during the winter months when it is sold at many kiosks.
I did some looking on line for Kashmiri Chai Tea- it runs about $13.00 for 3.5 oz.. I found on Amazon, Teabox-2014 Kashmiri Kahwa Chai Tea - 100 grams / 3.5 oz- $12.58
32 ounces of milk
32 ounces cold water
12oz of cold water
1/4 tsp salt
2 heaping tbsp Kashmiri Chai or Green Tea
1/2 tsp baking soda
cinnamon stick (about 2 inches long)
6 green cardamom pods
4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
finely chopped pistachios and/or almonds for garnishing
This recipe will yield 4-5 cups of Pink Chai
Over hi heat, pour cold water into pot. Add in Kashmiri chai, salt, baking soda, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Allow it to come to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cover. Allow to cook for 30 minutes, but check on it every 10 minutes, to make sure the water hasn't all evaporated.
After 30 minutes, add in 12oz of cold water. Stir vigorously for 5 minutes.
Add in milk and sugar. Allow to come to a boil, then partially cover. Lower heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes., with the cover half on. You'll notice that the color is becoming a nice shade of pink!
Sieve the Chai, and once chai is poured into cups, sprinkle chopped almonds and/or pistachios on top. Its ready to drink! Yum!