Mar 20, 2011


While Al-Qahwa is a symbol of hospitality throughout the Arabian world, in the Arabian Gulf hospitality is incomplete without Al-Qahwa. It is served day and night, at all social gatherings, offices, parties, weddings and condolence visits. Anything sweet such as dates are served with the coffee.

Al-Qahwa is served by a moqahwai or by the youngest person at the gathering, or perhaps by the host, depending on the occasion and the social rank of the host. The server should always hold the dullah with his left hand and the fanajeen stacked in his right. Using the left hand to deliver or receive at item is considered bad manners. Serving should always start with the guest of honor or the person highest of rank and age of the people present. It is a sign of respect to be offered the first finjan and a nice gesture to offer the cup to the next in rank or the eldest. When serving you should pour enough coffee to fill the cup slightly more than one third, but definitely less than half as over filling indicates that the server is not hospitable and would like the guest to leave as quickly as possible.

This is my mother in laws recipe so it as authentic as it gets. Saudi coffee which is also known as Arabic gulf coffee is made with green coffee beans which just mean they have not been roasted. You can grind them at home but I have mine ground fresh at the store.

2 cups water
1-1/2 tablespoons ground green coffee beans
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon coffee mate creamer (powder)

1. In a small saucepan on high heat bring water boil. Add coffee and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

2. In a flask or coffee pot add cardamom and creamer. Place a strainer over pot and pour coffee into. Stir then serve in Arabic coffee cups.

Yields: 6 servings

6 fabulous comments:

Anonymous said...

I love all of this information bc I never knew it. Thanks so much and your pictures are great. I want to try this coffee.

Janice said...

Ahh I miss this

Anonymous said...

Mashallah, love the changes to your blog! Your pictures look different, did you get a new camera? Can I twist your arm into cat sitting for me? :)

Noor said...

Thanks so much yes I re-designed it a few months ago and finally got me a Canon. Who is this lol????

Thanks for the kind comments everyone.

Anonymous said...

I am Maya, a long time lurker and fan! I read on your other blog that you would love to have a cat. I am thoughtful like that, and thought of you....Lol (wink) I need to go back home urgently for 6 weeks inshallah, so maybe by cat sitting you can test the water so to speak...... Lol :)

Noor said...

Oh really your on the CM forum?? I actually had two cats for years but we left them back home. I have been 'thinking' of getting a baby bc I love cats so much.

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