Sweet Coffee - or Saffron Infusion (Qahwat Al-Hilo)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Sweet and Yummy. This is actually just an exotic spice infusion, and though called a coffee, there is no coffee in it. From The Complete Middle East Cookbook, Gulf States section, by Tess Mallos.


  1. Bruise cardamom pods by hitting with a mallet or pound briefly in a mortar.
  2. Combine the ingredients in a small pan or large long handled coffe pot.
  3. Stir to desolve the sugar, then leave on low heat for 30 minutes until reduced and thick.
  4. Serve in Arabic coffee cups*, filling them.
  5. *Those small cups the size Chinese tea is served inches.
  6. An exotic brew!


Most Helpful

Excellent comforting!! I made 1/4 of the recipe for just myself. I used 1 teaspoon sugar, just a pinch not even a 1/4 teaspoon of saffron, 1 cardamom clove 3/4 cup water. Simmered for 20-30 minutes. I served in an espresso cup making for 2 refills. Thanks for the soothing drink. Made for http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?p=5341048#5341048 January's Tag Game ~ Saffron ~

Rita~ January 18, 2011

Very interesting drink,like no other drink I ever had. More like a tea to me. I used less saffron,I have a very strong Iranian saffron and three teaspoons are enough to cook for a whole wedding! Thanks for sharing.

littlemafia April 19, 2010

This was an interesting coffee. No caffine. It did have a strong saffron taste and a very subtle cardamon flavor. I enjoyed this sweet treat. Thank you for sharing your recipe UmmBanit. Made for Comfort Cafe SnowQueen Round 01/10 :)

Baby Kato January 18, 2010

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