How to make East African Sha'ah (Tea Bag) - Galabtea

Somali tea, also known as shaah, is a delicious and aromatic spiced black tea that is enjoyed throughout Somalia and East Africa. It is made with a blend of black tea leaves, cardamom, ginger, and other spices, and is often sweetened with sugar or other sweeteners to taste. If you are making Somali tea at home, you can adjust the amount of sugar to your preference by adding it to the brewed tea. As a general guideline, you can start with about 1-2 teaspoons of sugar per cup of tea and adjust to your taste from there. This would be equivalent to about 4-8 grams of sugar per cup of tea.

To make Somali/East African tea using Tea bags. You will need a Teapot and the following ingredients:

  • 2-3 bags of tea (7-10 Grams) of tea mix (GalabTEA)
  • 24-32 ounces of water
  • 2-4 teaspoons of sugar (optional)
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons of milk or any other dairy option (optional)

Here's how to make it:

  1. Bring enough water to a boil in a pot or pan.
  2. Place the tea bag into the pot or pan.
  3. Add Sugar or sweeteners (Honey works wonders) 
  4. Add milk or any other dairy option (oat milk works well here)
  5. Stir slowly for a short period (less than 10 seconds).
  6. Let the tea bags steep for about 2-3 mins, then remove them.
  7. Pour into a cup of your own choosing (the FUN part)
  8. Be careful not to burn your tongue and enjoy!

Feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste and let us know how you changed it. Galabtea is a delicious and aromatic beverage that is sure to become a favorite.


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