Shaah Bigays - Somali Spice Tea

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

Posted for ZWT 7. Sounds similar to Indian Chai


  1. Place spices in a mortar and lightly crush.
  2. Bring water and sugar to the boil in a pan and add spices, simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour this into a tea pot and add the tea bags or loose tea. Steep for 5 mins and then strain into cups.
Most Helpful

Delicious. A bit like chai. Yesterday I added a bit of milk, today I didn't. Good either way. Made for African Recipe Tag AND Make your saved recipes tag in the diabetic forum.

Elmotoo March 13, 2012

Slightly bitter but as I got closer to the bottom of the cup it became more evident. Not at all how I remember Somali tea as being very sweet. I did replace the sugar with creamed honey to be healthier and may have used more than called for but certainly not less. Milk would tone this down. But from what I have read this combination is to be drunk black. Made for ZWT7 Africa, for my team, Food.Commandos

UmmBinat June 04, 2011

This was absolutely wonderful with the African Roobios loose leaf tea I used. Wonderful spice from the peppercorns. Made for ZWT 7.

under12parsecs May 31, 2011