Shaah Somaali (Somali Chai)
Tea is a favorite Somali past time. It is an affordable beverage enjoyed by everyone these days. Traditionally, young unmarried girls were not allowed to drink tea in the pastoral nomadic society. But now days no one can be denied this pleasure. Somali Shah is the most offered beverage to guests and visitors in every household. They are very important for young men socializing in the afternoons at the tea shops.
4 cups water
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon grounded spices:
(4 cardamom, ½ stick cinnamon, 3 cloves, pinch of ginger and pinch of nutmeg)
½ teaspoon good loose tea
In a kettle or a pot add water, sugar, tea and spices and boil in a medium heat all together. Take the pot or kettle away from the heat and let it set for about 3 minutes. Serve it while hot.
Some people like their tea with milk, you can put the milk while the tea is on the heat and let boil together or you can add the milk into the tea cup when serving. (for best taste use cream or whole milk)