Unleashing the Kashmiri Saffron

Saffron or Kesar as called in Hindi, is among the most expensive spices in the world and is known to have umpteen number of benefits.

Saffron Fields in Pampore, Kashmir Production
 
 Saffron requires cool dry climate with well drained rich soil for growth.

Saffron is predominantly grown in Spain, Kashmir and Iraq. While Iran accounts for more than 50% of the world saffron production, the saffron from Pampore in Kashmir is considered to be of the highest quality in the world.

The saffron plant is harvested in late autumn, when the bright lilac flowers are in full bloom. The flowers are plucked from the plants and skilled workmen strip the bright red stigmas from the flower. The stigmas are the saffron thread packed and sold in the market.

Saffron Flowers in Full Bloom

Harvested Saffron Flowers

Plucking Saffron from the Flowers

Fake Saffron

Owing to the high cost of real saffron many vendors sell fake saffron that looks similar to a saffron thread in structure and color. Coloured corn husk is commonly used as fake saffron. However, Saffron has an aroma and flavor that cannot be duplicated in fake saffron. So to check for real saffron conduct the following Purity tests:

Purity Test 1 : If you put a thread of real saffron in your mouth and it feels sweet, then it’s fake!

Purity Test 2 : Saffron threads when placed in cold water for a few minutes will color the water and come out still looking like the original saffron thread. If the color washes out and the thread when taken out has faded or completely lost its color, then it’s fake.

Where to Buy
 100% Original saffron from the Pampore region of Kasmir can be bought from Indidelights.com. This online site sells both Lacha and Mogra varieties of Saffron in association with Dilkash Bloom Point Saffron farmers.

Kahwa : The Traditional drink of Kashmir.

Saffron or Kesar as called in Hindi, is among the most expensive spices in the world and is known to have umpteen number of benefits.

Saffron Fields in Pampore, Kashmir Production
 
 Saffron requires cool dry climate with well drained rich soil for growth.

Saffron is predominantly grown in Spain, Kashmir and Iraq. While Iran accounts for more than 50% of the world saffron production, the saffron from Pampore in Kashmir is considered to be of the highest quality in the world.

The saffron plant is harvested in late autumn, when the bright lilac flowers are in full bloom. The flowers are plucked from the plants and skilled workmen strip the bright red stigmas from the flower. The stigmas are the saffron thread packed and sold in the market.

Saffron Flowers in Full Bloom

Harvested Saffron Flowers

Plucking Saffron from the Flowers

Fake Saffron

Owing to the high cost of real saffron many vendors sell fake saffron that looks similar to a saffron thread in structure and color. Coloured corn husk is commonly used as fake saffron. However, Saffron has an aroma and flavor that cannot be duplicated in fake saffron. So to check for real saffron conduct the following Purity tests:

Purity Test 1 : If you put a thread of real saffron in your mouth and it feels sweet, then it’s fake!

Purity Test 2 : Saffron threads when placed in cold water for a few minutes will color the water and come out still looking like the original saffron thread. If the color washes out and the thread when taken out has faded or completely lost its color, then it’s fake.

Where to Buy
 100% Original saffron from the Pampore region of Kasmir can be bought from Indidelights.com. This online site sells both Lacha and Mogra varieties of Saffron in association with Dilkash Bloom Point Saffron farmers.

Kahwa : The Traditional drink of Kashmir.

The magnificent aroma of Saffron marks all Kashmiri festivities and is used to prepare the quintessential Kahwa. Kahwa is also known as Kawa, Kahwah, Qehwa, Kehwa is an infusion of natural spices. It helps in keeping the body warm and congestion and flu at bay. Also, the saffron helps to add a beautiful glow to the skin.
 This beverage is generally by the kashmiri’s after every meal and is a part of every ceremony.
 
 
 Preparation Method (2 cups)

Ingredients:

2.5 cups of water

2 gms of cinnamon bark

1 cardamom

3–4 strands of Saffron Threads

1 coarsely crushed Walnut (Optional)

1 teaspoon honey (Optional)

Process:

This aromatic drink is prepared by boiling 1 cup of water with a cinnamon bark and cardamom pods.

Once the water begins to boil, remove from flame and add 3–4 strands of saffron.

Cover and let it stand for 2 minutes for saffron to infuse into the water.

Add, blanched nuts such as Almonds and Walnuts.

Serve hot in small rounded Kawa cups. Honey may be added for flavour as per preference.

Tip : Often Kashmiri families leave Saffron strands soaked in water over days and use 2 teaspoons of this water for preparing Kahwa.

The magnificent aroma of Saffron marks all Kashmiri festivities and is used to prepare the quintessential Kahwa. Kahwa is also known as Kawa, Kahwah, Qehwa, Kehwa is an infusion of natural spices. It helps in keeping the body warm and congestion and flu at bay. Also, the saffron helps to add a beautiful glow to the skin.
 This beverage is generally by the kashmiri’s after every meal and is a part of every ceremony.
 
 
 Preparation Method (2 cups)

Ingredients:

2.5 cups of water

2 gms of cinnamon bark

1 cardamom

3–4 strands of Saffron Threads

1 coarsely crushed Walnut (Optional)

1 teaspoon honey (Optional)

Process:

This aromatic drink is prepared by boiling 1 cup of water with a cinnamon bark and cardamom pods.

Once the water begins to boil, remove from flame and add 3–4 strands of saffron.

Cover and let it stand for 2 minutes for saffron to infuse into the water.

Add, blanched nuts such as Almonds and Walnuts.

Serve hot in small rounded Kawa cups. Honey may be added for flavour as per preference.

Tip : Often Kashmiri families leave Saffron strands soaked in water over days and use 2 teaspoons of this water for preparing Kahwa.

This Kashmiri Kesar is available for online shopping only on Indidelights.com

http://www.indidelights.com/kashmiri-lacha-saffron-pack-of-5-gms.html

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