Chai Tea–Somali Style

Here’s a new recipe for you to enjoy, straight from the kitchen of MCC Refugee Services Case Manager, Suad. If you’ve never tried Somali tea, you’re in for a treat!




Chaab (Somali Tea)

4 c water
Ā¼ c sugar
Pinch of each ground spice (or to taste):
- Cardamom
- Cinnamon
- Cloves
- Ginger
3-4 bags of black tea (LiptonĀ  recommended)


  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot
  2. Add sugar and spices
  3. Boil for a few minutes until you can smell the spices
  4. Add the tea bags
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Let sit for 3 minutes
  7. Serve while hot
  8. (add milk if desired)

Makes 4 cups of tea.

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