Monday, July 6, 2009

Somali Tea (Shaah)

Cook time approximately 5 minutes

Serves about 4

There are many ways to make Somali tea, this is the way I make it. You can experiment and try adding more/less ingredients until you find your favorite way.

5 Cups water

2 Tea bags

6 Cardamom Seeds -crushed

1 Teaspoon Cloves -crushed

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Nido for every cup of tea or regular milk

Add water, tea bags, cardamom seeds, cloves and sugar to a teapot. Add the nido to a mug and once the tea boils strain the tea into the mug. Stir well.

For a healthier choice try using splenda instead of sugar and decaffeinated tea bags.


  1. I use stevia to sweeten my shaah. I've even tricked some somali friends with it!

  2. Oh another tip: If you don't want to strain the spices, just put them in a tea ball inside the kettle.

  3. ancient recipe, made with modern tools!

    Love your site(s), Fahiima..
    thanks for putting your time and effort into it

  4. wow how did you learn how to cook somali food?

  5. My husband is Somali so his sister and cousins have taught me just about every recipe I know. They have been wonderful in showing me so many new foods and little tips and tricks.

  6. As salaamu alaikoum! I have been married to my Somali husband less than a year and just moved to his state about a week and a half ago. I had never eaten or cooked Somali food because we started our marriage traveling. Your videos have helped me so much! My husband loves what I make and I can freestyle a little and it still tastes good. Jazakiallah khair for sharing your skills with us all :)

  7. May Allah bless you sister!!