Khaleejia said: khaleeji coffee break that longing hours
The Bedouin coffe contains cardamom; other spices are added when you buy it fresh. It has a special coffee pot and the coffee cups are small but with no handle(that are hold by right hand while ceremony )The portions are very small, covering only the bottom of the cup (as demonstration of respection to the guest unwilling them to leave as soon as they feel enough for coffe). It is served in houses and in good restaurants by specially clad waiters called Gahwaji or Emgahwy, and it is usually offered with the compliments of the house and is free. It is also offered at weddings and funerals. In UAE it is more of light brownish, but in other Arabic nations it is dark. It is called Gahwa Saada (plain coffee) because it comes without sugar and is a little bitter as the coffee beans are not well toasted (almost green). In Arabic funerals, the men and women gather separately; it has become very fashionable to employ very presentable women whose only job is to serve coffee all day to the women. Male waiters serve the men.
My fav time in my family when we all gather in the salon
to take a cup of traditional coffee with cardamon chatting and sharing funny stories with each other.
my fav recipe:
as soon as i can't drink coffe without sugar
- 2 demitasse-sized cups water
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1/8 tsp. crushed cardamom or 5 seeds
- 2 tsp. Arabic coffee
Boil the water with the sugar and the cardamom.
Cardamom is ground from peeled whole seeds if possible, or use commercially ground cardamom. Remove from heat. Stir in the coffee. Then place over heat, while holding the pot. Let it foam up, remove from heat, and allow to heat to foaming again. Serve immediately.Note sugar and coffee are approximately equal. Adjust to your taste. Cardamom should be enough to leave strong smell and fill the taste.