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In Yemen this is called “Qahwa bayda” meaning white coffee. It is absolutely delicious.

For two mugs you will need:

1) 1 cup of toasted sesame seeds (or more if you lke–we scoop them up with a spoon after we have drank the liquid)
2) 3 cups of water
3) 1/2-3/4 of a cup evaporated milk
4) 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
4) 1/4 tsp of ground cardamon
5) fresh ginger grated (half the size of your index finger)
6) sugar to taste
7) 1 tsp of Yemeni coffee ((lightly toasted coffee beans that have been ground)

Place the water, sesame seeds, cinnamon, cardamon, sugar and ginger in a saucepan to boil under medium heat. Get it into a rolling boil, and then lower the heat and let simmer under low for about 8-10 minutes for the flavors to blend.

Add the evaporated milk (you can add more if you want it milkier). Let it boil for another 5 minutes or so. Add the coffee and let boil for a few seconds (do not boil for long) and serve immediately.

Enjoy ! Makes for a great winter drink.


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This is an afternoon, after lunch, tea ALL Adenis enjoy as a family. Very easy to make, and very very delicious. ONLY to be found in Adeni homes :-) !!!!

Here is the recipe for four glasses.

You will need:

1) 3 cups and and a 1/2 of water

2) 1/2 cup of evaporated milk (unsweetened)

4) Sugar to taste (i use 1/4 of a cup)

5) 6 whole cardamons crushed

6) 1 tblsp of loose tea leaves ( If you have someone coming from Yemen have them bring you Kabus tea leaves, and if not use PG Tips that you can get from any South Asian or Middle Eastern Store)

In a pot boil the water, milk, sugar, half of the cardamon. Let it boil for about 10-15 minutes under low heat until the mixture turns a little yellowy (as the sugar carmelizes).

Then add the tea leaves and leave until the desired tea color (some like it dark and some like it light, just remember that the darker it gets the bitter it gets as well). I like it in between.

Turn it off. Place the rest of the crushed cardamon in a thermos and pour the tea into it using a sieve to catch the loose tea leaves.

Serve hot.

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