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    UmmBinat's Note:

    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.

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    Serves: 4


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

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 18, 2011


      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 January's Tag Game ~ Saffron ~

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    • on April 19, 2010


      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.

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    • on January 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 :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Sweet Coffee - or Saffron Infusion (Qahwat Al-Hilo)

    Serving Size: 1 (119 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1.6
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 4.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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    whole cardamom pods

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