Thursday, September 8, 2011

Serving Arabic Coffee

Arabs love their coffee slightly spiced and unfiltered. Cardamoms and saffron is added to give flavor and a golden sheen. These spices add a strong flavour and enhance the taste. Coffee is brewed in a pot commonly known as  a 'Dallah' and poured into tiny cups called 'Fenjen'. There are some strict etquettes that needs to be followed  when serving coffee to guests. The host/hostess has to personally hand over each tiny cup to their guests. Holding the coffee pot with the left hand, the host/hostess then pours the coffee and serve it with their right hand. And when the guests want a refill, he/she will have to move or rock the cup slowly in a jiggling motion.

To make Arabic coffee  you will need:
3 cups water
2 tbsp ground decaffeinated coffee
3 tbsp cardamom (coarsely ground)
1/4 tsp saffron

Add the coffee to hot  water and bring to a boil over low heat thus allowing the coffee grounds to settle. Add cardamoms and saffron and boil again just before serving. This type of coffee is taken strong without any additives like sugar, milk or cream. However accompaniments like dates and sweets are served alongside the coffee.

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