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

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by UmmBinat

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.

Top Review by Rita1652

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 ~


  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!

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