How to make East African Sha'ah (Loose Tea) - 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 Loose Tea. You will need a Teapot, a tea strainer, and the following ingredients:

  • 5-6 grams of tea mix (GalabTEA)
  • 10-12 ounces of water
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sugar (optional)
  • 1 ½ - 2 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 loose-leaf tea in a tea strainer along with the desired amount of sugar.
  3. Slowly pour the hot water over the strainer.
  4. Add 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of any dairy option (oat milk works well).
  5. Stir slowly for a short period (less than 10 seconds).
  6. The Loose-leaf tea in the strainer can be reused for at least 2 more 12 oz cups within 3-5 Min after the first use.
  7. 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 tea is a delicious and aromatic beverage that is sure to become a favorite.

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