Alexandra von Hahn, author of cookbook Culinary Magic of the Emirates, shares her recipe for a traditional Arabic coffee, given to her by Zara Al Nahdi from Abu Dhabi...
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April 22, 2019
Level Easy
Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cooking Time 20 minutes brewing time
Serves 6-8

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RECIPE BY Zara Al Nahdi


2 cups roasted coffee beans
4 tbsp spinneysFOOD cardamom pods
1 tsp saffron threads
3 cups water
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and ground to a paste


  • 1

    Using an electric coffee mill, grind the roasted coffee beans along with the cardamom pods and saffron threads into a fine texture

  • 2

    Pour the water into a medium pot, and bring to a boil

  • 3

    Add 3 tablespoons of the freshly ground coffee mix and simmer for 20 minutes

  • 4

    Remove the pot from the stove and allow the coffee grinds to settle at the bottom of the pot

  • 5

    5 Pour the qahwa into a coffee pot (or dallah) and add the ginger before serving


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