Egyptian Tea with mint - Chai bil nana

The essence of Egypt : Black Tea Rather a way of life than simply a beverage. Sign of hospitality and epitome of conviviality. Egyptia...

The essence of Egypt : Black Tea

Rather a way of life than simply a beverage.

Sign of hospitality and epitome of conviviality.

Egyptians love their tea - morning , noon and night . Whenever two or more Egyptians come together, tea is mandatory.

Strangers are invited to a tea and leave as friends . Even small children will be given tea and it is an indispensable part of Egyptian life.
How many teas I've made in the last 17 years? They must be thousands .

In Egypt, tea is never served in china cups or mugs , but always in a glass.

It is traditionally brewed without tea bag directly in the glass. For this, a teaspoon of loose tea powder is added to the glass and infused with boiling water and the tea set remains at the bottom of the glass.
In restaurants, tea bags are very common nowadays , but many love their tea set in the glass as in the old times, although the cleaning of the glasses doesn't get easier.

Black tea with mint is very popular. The Egyptian mint is not as peppery as what we know as peppermint. A sprig of fresh mint is added to the tea and adds  a refreshing taste.

An average 2-3 tablespoons of sugar are added to the tea glass , rather more . If you do not know how much sugar  a guest prefers, add two spoons of sugar to the cup and then provide the sugar bowl along with the tea , so he can still add more .


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Ich bin Wera und auf diesem Blog sammle ich Koch- und Backrezepte aus meiner zweiten Heimat Ägypten, die ich selbst gekocht und fotografiert habe.    

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