Recipe By Abdulkader Babader
Published Jun 19th
Prep 10m Cook 15m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 4 servings Calories 178.7

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 orange pekoe tea bags
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 10 cardamom seeds, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Cut tea bags open and empty into a small bowl; discard tea bags.
  2. 2 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.
  3. 3 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.
  4. 4 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 178.7
  • Carbohydrate 22.6 g
  • Cholesterol 27.4 mg
  • Fat 7.3 g
  • Fiber 0.3 g
  • Protein 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.4 g
  • Sodium 105.7 mg
  • Sugar 22.1 g

Chef'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.


  1. Delicious tea. Made it as is but didn’t bother cutting the tea bags open, i just boiled the tea in the bag. I already forwarded the recipe to a friend and will definitely make it again.
  2. I used whole milk and added a little more sugar. Very tasty
  3. 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.
  4. 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. - Read more ...
  5. 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!
  6. 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 - Read more ...
  7. 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.
  8. OMG. This could become addictive.

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