My friend Naima first introduced me to Ethiopian tea when my kids and I were over at her house hanging out one day. I walked into her home and was struck with the beautiful smell of cardamom and cinnamon in the air. I know many people think of Ethiopia for their delicious coffee but if you only enjoy the coffee you are missing out on something special. Ethiopian tea spicy and earthy, similar to the food, warm and inviting. It demands that you stop what you are doing and slowly savor each sip. Naima told me about growing up in Ethiopia and the importance of tea in her life. Every cup takes her back in time to her childhood life in Ethiopia.
The recipe below and it is very similar to what Naima makes and she recommends the addition of sweetened condensed milk to make it creamy and sweet.
Ethiopian Hot Tea
1 tsp. whole green cardamoms
2 tsp. whole cloves
1 Cinnamon stick, broken
½ tsp. minced ginger
3 cups water
1 black tea bag per cup
Put cardamom, cinnamon, clove and minced ginger in a kettle and boil for about 10 minutes. Place a tea bag in a cup pour the spiced hot water into the cup over the black tea bag and steep until it is your desired strength. Sweeten with sweetened condensed milk.
Just writing this has made me crave a cup, looks like I know what I am going to have this afternoon!