Cardamom Tea


The first time I tried cardamom tea was seven years ago on the first day of my Arabic lesson at a Yemeni woman’s house whom I had found through the local mosque. This was also the first time that I had tried cardamom and the beginning of my love for the fragrant spice. Green cardamoms are popular throughout the Middle East and are even used as medical aides throughout Saudi Arabia. Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world due to the fact that each individual fruit pod containing the seed spice must be harvested from its… Continue reading

Arabic Tea Latte



A latte is a drink that has more milk than the other half (coffee, tea, etc). I thought it would be fun to make a latte out of a popular Arabic tea. Chai karak is a popular drink in the Gulf however not here in Riyadh. I am not sure if some other areas (like the eastern region) drink it or not. Some of my Saudi readers please let us know.

First, I made a strong tea mix since we will be using a lot of milk in the recipe. I used 1/2 cup of boiling water per bag (you… Continue reading

Infused Water


We have all been told the benefits of drinking water and staying rejuvenated but did you know that water and watery foods like melons and other fruits and vegetables can boost your metabolism and keep the fat off. Drinks such as coffee and other caffeine drinks only give you momentary fixes but a drink like this boost your body where it needs to be and you will feel the effect all through the day. The fruit in this drink lasts about 4 days before you need to change it before that just keep refilling the water. Make sure you allow… Continue reading

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