Ginger Tea the African way

Long ago and oh so far away in another land, Hakim taught me to make this ginger tea.  My throat was so sore, but this really did make a difference.  Now, I just like to drink it on the balcony in the cool air.  He brought honey from the UAE but I made it with raw honey in the States and it worked well.  Some people use lemon also, but I just can’t find them in good condition all the time.  Here is the recipe for Kenny and anyone else who might want to either try it, or just have their home smell amazingly fabulous and a little holiday-like:

MIDDLE EAST/AFRICAN GINGER SPICE MILK TEA with HONEY

INGREDIENTS:

  • Fresh ginger root
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ground Cardamom
  • Ground Clove
  • dash of sea salt
  • African honey (or raw honey)
  • Milk or cream
  • 1 pot
  • 1 strainer

PREPARATION:

Put about 4-5 cups fresh water on to boil.  Turn heat to medium as soon as it boils.  Put a dash of sea salt in the water as it is heating up.   Sprinkle about 1 tsp clove and ground cinnamon into water, and ½ tsp cardamom.   Adjust to taste.  For example, I put in about 2 tsp clove!   Strip ginger root skin to expose the flesh, and either grate or slice in small pieces about ¼ cup worth and put in water.

Because ginger root is not always fresh and pungent, put in around 1-2 tsp ground ginger.   This will give the ginger quite a bit of strength to battle a sore throat, so test and use carefully.

Allow to steep on very low heat for 10 minutes.   Try first cup by straining tea and filling cup about ½ way.  Add honey to your likeness.   I use raw sugar as well sometimes.   The tea will have a strong ginger bite to it, so add milk (or cream) to mellow the bite.  Guled drinks it ½ milk ½ tea.   Leave the pot on to steep and add ingredients to it throughout the day.   Your home will smell divine also!  

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