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Adeni Chai Recipe: A Yemeni Classic

posted on: Jun 15, 2022

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By: Menal Elmaliki / Arab America Contributing Writer

Aden is located in the south of Yemen, it is a major port known for its natural harbor and trade routes. From the origin of mankind to being colonized by the British, the southern city is known for its rich history, authentic culture, and tea.

Adeni tea or Adeni chai is a staple in Yemeni cuisine and is made for breakfast or after dinner for guests and is served with Yemeni desserts. This chai is fragrant and delicious, it is made with a few base ingredients, black loose tea, evaporated milk, cardamon, cloves, sugar, and cinnamon. Spice up your plain black tea with this simple recipe.

(1-2 servings) 


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1 cinnamon stick

Cardamon pods (ground or whole) 

Cloves (ground or whole)

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1-2 spoonful’s Black loose tea (Al- Kbous tea) 

Evaporated milk

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1 ½ cups Water

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  1. Add cardamon, cloves, and cinnamon in water and brew. 
  2. Once brewed add sugar and tea, allow it to boil for 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the milk, bring it to a boil. Once boiled lower the heat and allow it to simmer.
  4. Remove from the flame when the consistency is perfect. 
Source: Menal Elmaliki
Source: Menal Elmaliki

Source: Menal Elmaliki

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