This recipe come from Aden, Yemen. Its great for a weekend brunch or breakfast. Sweet, rich, authentic, fragrant, and magical hot drink. Great for the winter.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut tea bags open and empty into a small bowl; discard tea bags.

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  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add loose tea. Boil tea until water becomes dark red, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir sugar into tea.

  • Grind cardamom seeds in an electric grinder or using a mortar and pestle. Stir ground cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger into tea; boil until flavors are infused, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir milk into tea and bring back to a boil for about 2 minutes. Pour tea through a sieve to separate out solids. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes:

You can control the ratio of the water/milk by adding one more cup of water or one less. This is supposed to be a very sweet drink, so feel free to add more sugar if you want the very authentic version. You can use fresh ginger root (sliced) and cinnamon sticks if you wish but I find the powders deliver stronger flavors. For the tea, I use Lipton(R) yellow label tea bags.

Nutrition Facts

179 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 22.6g 7% DV; fat 7.3g 11% DV; cholesterol 27.4mg 9% DV; sodium 105.7mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2015
I have this almost everyday except I use Al-kbous tea (finely ground). This can be found in most arabian food stores. I allow spices to simmer a bit longer before adding tea and simmer for a couple to three more minutes.I usually go for that dark amber color. Add evaporated milk and add more sugar if needed. You may prefer to use a fine hand-held strainer before serving. Traditionally it is served as is and the leaves just settle to bottom. Enjoy! And yes I agree.. it IS addictive because it is sooo yummy. Remember you can make this however you want until it is juuuuust right.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2015
I have this almost everyday except I use Al-kbous tea (finely ground). This can be found in most arabian food stores. I allow spices to simmer a bit longer before adding tea and simmer for a couple to three more minutes.I usually go for that dark amber color. Add evaporated milk and add more sugar if needed. You may prefer to use a fine hand-held strainer before serving. Traditionally it is served as is and the leaves just settle to bottom. Enjoy! And yes I agree.. it IS addictive because it is sooo yummy. Remember you can make this however you want until it is juuuuust right.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2016
Very good. It's great to serve to guests, but I make it for myself as well. It's a nice way to have a quiet moment in our busy lives. I made it as directed, except I use a variety of good black tea in place of the orange pekoe -- all of them work well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2013
This is beyond could become it is addictive. I've done it more often without the tea to eliminate the caffeine factor and I like it just as much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
Dear Hollywood Andrews, I am looking for Al-kbous tea. I am in the Los Angeles area and with "Hollywood" in your name, I'm hoping you are in LA too. Even if you are not, could you tell me where you found the Al-kbous tea? thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2015
I just made this for the 1st time and think it great stuff. I did not have the suggested tea thus I used a Bigelow - White tea with Tangerine and it turned out fantastic. I will make it again! It does take a few minutes to make however it is well worth the effort. Thanks for the contribution to "AllRecipes". Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2013
OMG. This could become addictive. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2018
I used whole milk and added a little more sugar. Very tasty Read More