Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 15 mins

I really like this recipe and it's authentic. It comes from my mother-in-law who is from Somalia. Very aromatic and relaxing tea.


  1. Boil desired amount of water in tea pot. Add tea bags using a good tea to water ratio.
  2. Smash green cardamom pods* and add to tea. (I couldn't add this to the list for some reason).
  3. Then add grated ginger and 1 cinnamon stick
  4. Let steep for about 10-15 minutes in pot.
  5. Serve with milk and sugar to taste.
Most Helpful

I used 4c water & 4 spoons of black tea leaves. I used fresh ginger. I only used 4TB sugar & that was plenty sweet enough for me - I can't imagine using a full cup! Very delicious tea. Made for I've saved all these recipes! & African Recipe tag 3/12.

Elmotoo March 14, 2012

I made this for my sister and I with rice milk to be dairy free. I used powdered ginger as I wasnt sure what this recipe called for. I simmered the spices in the water for 13 minutes and then added the tea bag which I simmered for 4 additional minutes as to not be an overly strong tea. Then I tasted it and felt the spices had not much permeated the drink probably because they were not fresh so I added some ground cinnamon, ground cardamom and simmered the tea a 1 1/2 minutes longer without the tea bag. The tea was excellent with white sugar and milk in the said amount. (That is Somali tea) I will be making this again.

UmmBinat September 12, 2009

I enjoyed this lovely, spiced, sweet tea very much. I used honey in place of sugar to bring out the individual flavors of the spices. The tea is very refreshing and calming. Thanks for sharing Brittany.

Baby Kato November 09, 2008