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Somali Spiced Tea (Shaah) Recipe

Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks about the smells of home which includes tea laced with cardamom and cloves. This tea recipe is also spiced with cinnamon and black pepper.

Adapted from Somali Tea (Shaah) Recipe.

Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 5 minutes

Black tea, cloves, cinnamon


  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 3 whole black peppers
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 2 tea bags
  • 4 cups water
  • sugar to taste


  1. With a mortar and pestle, lightly crush all the spices.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Add the crushed spices and continue to boil for a few more minutes.
  4. Add the tea bags and continue to boil (the recipe did not say how long, but I let it boil for just a minute, then let it steep for a couple more minutes).
  5. Strain the tea before serving.

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