Oct 15, 2007

Gahwa and Chai


One of the most popular things through out the world is the fabulous coffee and tea. All over the world everyone seems to have their own way to make it.

Growing up I always remember smelling coffee brewing at the first break of day in my house. I never seemed to like it much until one day when I was going off to college a family member bought me a coffee pot (American style drip). On one of those many nights that I was up late studying and tired I heard this very coffee pot taunting me, telling me I needed to drink from it. I did and all I can say was that begun my addiction to caffeine for the rest of my life! Now the American drip hardly does it for me and I love a strong Turkish coffee or even the spice infused cup of Saudi coffee.

Here are some great coffees that we love in my home!


Arabic coffee:

1 cup (8 oz) water
1 tablespoon lightly roasted coffee
1 tablespoon crushed cardamom
4-5 saffron threads (opt)
1/2 teaspoon rose water

*The ground coffee is added with the cardamom and saffron to boiling water for 3 minutes. The rose water is added and then the coffee is served in small rounded cups without handles. Note: the coffee of some regions has 1/4 tsp ground ginger or a little cinnamon added with the boiling water.

OR

2 glasses of water
2 tablespoons Arabic coffee beans, roasted and ground
1 teaspoon powdered Cardamom
5 pieces of cloves

*Boil the water, coffee, 1/2 spoon of cardamom and cloves together for 20 minutes
Put 1/2 spoon of cardamom in the thermos with a little bit of saffron
Then, pour the coffee into the thermos


Now Turkish coffee is a bit more difficult (but well worth it) to make so here is a link with the pictures of how to help you out.



Also, I love to drink tea but just like coffee I like my tea strong so nothing does it for me but black tea.

I have to staple teas that are always in my home. One is Kuwaiti style and the other Yemeni. Please remember when steeping black tea never do so over 5 minutes or your tea will be ruined also always use cold water before boiling to get the best cup of tea! Leaves are also better then any cheap bag tea.

Yemeni tea: Lipton yellow label or any other black tea is good, green cardamom pods

Add cardamoms to water and boil then steep tea

The only difference in the Kuwaiti tea is that you use saffron threads instead of cardamoms.
I love to use yannun black tea leaves mixed with saffron threads; it produces the best cup of tea as far as I am concerned. I buy all of my teas minus the yellow label which you can get at the Arabic market from this website.

If you notice you will see a tea steeper when you go to that site, well I have that and it’s GREAT! All you do is add your leaves and water and then pour it in your cups and you do not have to worry about any mess what so ever.

1 fabulous comments:

AHANEEK said...

Wow the "Gahwa" blog is just remarkable. I love all your recipes, I tried it all and I can't wait to try it again! Personally this is the best and it's very detailed. Great job ;)