Monday, December 20, 2010
How to Make the Perfect Pot of Moroccan Tea
9 cups hot water
3 tbsp Chinese Green tea
1 handful fresh mint
Sugar to taste
Put the green tea into the bottom of your pot, and cover with a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes, then pour this tea into a cup and set it aside. Add another cup of water to the green tea in the pot, and swirl the pot around in quick, gentle circular movements several times. Now pour this liquid into a separate glass, it should be full of tiny dark specks. Discard of this.
Add the first cup of steeped tea, the mint, sugar and 8 cups of hot water to the tea leaves in the pot. Now gently heat it until you see a few bubbles surfacing at the top. Take the pot off the heat and let it cool for a minute. Then fill a glass with a cup of the tea, and return it to the pot. Repeat this twice, it will spread the sugar evenly throughout the pot instead of settling at the bottom. Finally, pour the tea into the glass with enough distance from the pot and the glass to create bubbles when you pour it. This will take a bit of practice, but if you want to create a genuine pot of this tea, it is essential in Moroccan culture to have bubbles in their tea!
This tea goes nicely with Moroccan bread, and small plates of honey, olives, olive oil or butter on the side. Bsaha, as they say in Morocco meaning may you eat in happiness and health. :)
*If you want a stronger tea, add more green tea and during heating, let it gently simmer about 10 seconds. Saharans love their tea very dark and strong.
*If you want a weaker tea, you can reduce the amount of green tea you use, and go without heating the pot up. This will make a lighter, golden colored tea.
*Moroccans also add chamomile instead of mint, especially in the winter time. This is a great remedy for the flu.