Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

A very pleasant and rather unusual infusion of spices. I couldn't find any anise seeds, so I used fennel seeds instead, and it tasted lovely. The recipe is modified from David Scott's "Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookery". Posted in the hope of entering the North African and Middle Eastern Zaar Tag game :-)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the water and spices in a small saucepan, bring to the boil then simmer for five minutes (or a bit longer if you want a stronger drink).
  2. Pop the almond into the bottom of your mug.
  3. Strain the tea into the mug on top of the almond, and sweeten to taste.


Most Helpful

This was really good with honey as the sweetener. I used a cinnamon stick per other reviews of goo. I used fennel as I didn't have anise seeds and used allspice to replace the nutmeg because of it's intoxicant properties. I did not add the almond and wonder if that is to collect the goo. I will definitely make this again.

UmmBinat February 20, 2010

It was quite interesting. I liked the initial flavour but the aftertaste wasn't terribly pleasing for me, almost bitter. I might try it again but use anise instead of fennel. Maybe I didn't use enough sugar. I will try it again because I'm not sure if I like it or not

Sagittarius Uisce Beatha December 28, 2007

Oh Joy! I dearly love tea and also spice. I have been making cinnamon tea since forever but this is so much nicer in flavor interest. I made it this morning and am just about to finish my mug. I had everything on hand and it's so very simple to toss the spices into a pot and go about your business for a bit. I set the timmer for 5 mins and tried it then but then gave it 2 more. It was perfect with a touch of honey. I'm going to stock up on anise seeds next time I shop. And, oh yes, I put a paper coffee filter in the strainer and ran it through that. What a happy find this is. I would have never thought of adding caraway seeds!EDIT*-I'm staying with the 5 stars but I have changed one thing. I'm now useing cinnamon sticks in place of ground. I was in a rush yesterday and didn't want to wait while it slowly worked thorugh a filter so I chucked it all into a mug. It cooled off as I was busy and the ground cinnamon became one gooy glop in the cup (ewwwww). This doesn't happen with sticks.

Annacia October 22, 2006

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