Chai, thand, barfeeli waadiyan aur hum

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A Kashmiri Twitter user, Salman used the phrase “chai, barfeeli waadiyan aur hum”, which summarises a typical Kashmiri style welcome to the winter. Cold weather and hot tea in almost all parts of Jammu and Kashmir suggest a unique blend of cultural, social, and traditional offerings.

Popular Kashmir tea Noon Chai- also known as Sheer Chai is a traditional tea of Kashmir and is an essential part of Kashmiri breakfast.

It is prepared in a different way than regular tea. Kehwah is another traditional tea of Kashmir.

It is prepared by brewing green tea, then other ingredients are poured into it such as saffron, cardamom seeds, and cinnamon sticks. Some people also like to add chopped dry fruit. 

Photo Credit: Salman (Twitter)
  • Marryam, an Instagram user loves “two types of bread (the barely visible one is made with cornmeal) and salt tea served in a drinking bowl without a handle”.
  • She thinks that in the days before global warming, you would cradle your bowl in the palm of your hand so that the warmth of the chai took the chill out of your fingers. Today, we need fans and coolers in summer.

Sass_Wati, an Instagram user, wrote “Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea at these beautiful places, I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the cup to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?
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