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Kehwa | MAMANUSHKA
Saffron Tea from Indian Occupied Kashmir The first time my husband and I hosted a dinner party for guests as a newly married couple – we were living in a new country far from either set of parents. I trepidly cooked what I could gathering help from phone calls to my mother in the UK and for a particular Kashur dish called ‘yakhnie’ a long distance phone call to a favourite beloved cousin in the valley of Kashmir itself, was also made, which involved her whole family including her father and brother to add their opinions on what should go in when and how! The dinner party was going seemingly well, when my husband surprised us all – including me. He would, he declared – ‘make some kehwa’ and ‘would everyone like to try some?’ This kehwa, I would soon find out is a specialty of his, and it is unique enough and interesting enough, especially for guests who are not familiar with it, to actually become a topic of (after dinner) dinner table conversation. From the samovar to the saffron, this drink is evocative of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Some of you may be familiar with Kashmiri pink …