Chai Nana

The first person that ever made me mint tea (chai nana) was my husband right after we got married. I had never tried very much variety of tea so this was all new to me. I immediately fell in love with it. This is such a refreshing drink that it goes well for morning or evening. You can add fresh mint leaves inside the tea cup or around it for a pretty garnish. Saudis have this drink quite often and it also is known to settle tummy problems.

4 cups cold water
4 black tea bags
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
sugar to taste

1. In a teapot on high heat boil water. Add tea bags and mint leaves, allow to sit for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, serve.

Yields: 4 servings

11 fabulous comments:

  1. Anonymous3/17/2011

    I LOVE this drink

  2. Familycook3/17/2011

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah.

    I too love this drink. The best mint tea I have had is at a Morroccan restaraunt. It was delectable!

  3. Rachel3/17/2011

    That is a very pretty tea cup.

  4. Kitchen Flavours3/17/2011

    Love that tea very refreshing...

  5. From Yeast to Zest3/18/2011

    Lovely picture. My friends MIL said "You must drink this if you're eating foul" then to have hot green tea after dinner. Lol. she's Saudi.

  6. Noor3/18/2011

    LOL I do not think my husband could live through eating foul without this. He woke us up this morning and he had got us foul, tameese and kiddah. He had it all set up and served mint tea I was like what is going on half asleep lol.

    My dh does like green tea although here in Riyadh it is not served that much like the black. I should make it more I made it for dh with mint.

    Thank you everyone for being so kind and my cups say thanks as well. They were a gift from my husband.

    Familycook I never had the pleasure to try it inshAllah one day :)

  7. Julie3/18/2011

    Assalaamu Alaikum

    Yum! This is one of my favorites. What kind of black tea do you use?

  8. i was looking at the Baharat Mixes and noticed that you used nutmeg in your spice mixes, i wanted you to know that if you use too much nutmeg you could go mental and it damages your liver.As Muslims we are not allowed to use or drink anything that has nutmeg in it

  9. Noor3/18/2011

    Julie I am a long time Lipton fan :) That is what we make sweet tea of in the South and what we use to make hot tea in Saudi as well :)

    AA I was aware of that jazakAllah khair some spice mixes are rather old from a time when I did not know I will update that inshAllah.

  10. Mona7/18/2011

    I have read in a book that the Arabic name for mint is ‘nanaa’ which means 'Gift of Allah'. Is that right? Please let me know.

  11. Noor8/08/2011

    I think you mean na'emah which means blessing from Allah. :)

    Nana is just mint in Arabic.


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