Sulaimani Tea Recipe - How to Make Sulaimani Chai Recipe with step wise pictures.
This is one of my all time favorite tea or chai. It is not only easy to make but taste amazing when served piping hot.
According to folklore, Sulaimani tea is believed to have Arab origins. It is said that Prophet Mohammed used to enjoy drinking a beverage called ghava with dates and black pepper (but no tea) added to it. With time, the Arabs inherited the tradition of drinking ghava but made some slight changes to the ancient recipe.
Later, the beverage was brought to the southern Malabar coast of India by Arab traders who were frequent visitors there. The cultural intermingling that followed led to the addition of local spices and the replacement of dates with sugar. Somewhere along the line, tea was added to the drink.
It was also in Malabar that it started being called Sulaimani — in Arabic, the name Sulaiman translates to “man of peace”.
Interestingly, people looking for authentic Arabic ghava should head to Barkas, an area in Hyderabad’s old city known for its strong roots in Arab countries. In winter, dozens of outlets and roadside stalls in and around Barkas offer piping hot ghava priced anywhere between Rs.10 and Rs.20 per cup.
Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you.
Sulaimani Tea Recipe
- Water - 1 ¼ cup
- Ginger - 1 tsp grated
- Cinnamon - 1 piece
- Cardamom - 3 to 4
- Star anise - 1
- Cloves / Krambu - 2
- Tea Powder - ½ tsp
- Jaggery to taste
- Lemon Juice to taste
- Bring water to a boil. Add all ingredients except tea and jaggery.
- Simmer the spices in water for 3 mins.
- Add tea and boil for 2 more mins.
- Add in jaggery and mix well.
- Add lemon juice and strain.
- Serve hot.
1)Take water in a sauce pan
2)Bring it to a boil
3)Add ginger and spices
5)Add tea bag
6)Boil for 2 mins
8)Mix well and cook for 1 more min
9)Time to strain it
10)Take it off the heat and add lemon juice