How can I make Arabic coffee without a dallah?
If you do not have a dallah, you can use a small pot, preferably with a pouring lip, to make Arabic coffee. You can also use electric coffee pots and automatic Turkish coffee makers to make Arabic coffee.
What coffee beans should I use to make Arabic coffee?
Arabica coffee beans are usually used to make Arabic coffee. They are roasted and ground extremely finely, even finer than espresso grind size. To have a perfect Arabic coffee experience, it is important to choose high-quality, fresh beans that are free from defects and roasted to a medium to dark roast level. Arabica coffee beans have a delicate flavor profile, low acidity, and relatively low caffeine content compared to other types of coffee beans.
What is cardamom?
Cardamom is a spice widely used in many cuisines, including Arab, Indian, and Scandinavian cuisines. It comes from the seeds of several plants in the ginger family and has a strong, sweet, and spicy flavor.
There are two main types of cardamom: green cardamom and black cardamom. Green cardamom has a light, fresh flavor with hints of lemon and mint, whereas black cardamom has a stronger, smokier flavor. They both are commonly used in cooking and baking.
In addition to its culinary uses, cardamom is also believed to have many health benefits, including improving digestion, reducing inflammation, and improving heart health.
Should I use green or black cardamom to make Arabic coffee?
If you want to make traditional Arabic coffee, it is best to use green cardamom. It has a light, fresh flavor that pairs well with coffee. Cardamom is often added to the coffee grounds before brewing to infuse the coffee with its distinctive aroma and taste.
You can find whole green cardamom pods at many grocery stores and specialty spice shops, and you can crush the pods and add them to the coffee grounds before brewing. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-ground green cardamom and add a pinch to the coffee before brewing to achieve the same effect.
Arabic Coffee Recipe
With its unique taste of coffee and cardamom combined, Arabic coffee is worth trying. So, let’s learn how to make it below!
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Arabic coffee is also known as “Qahwa” or “Gahwa.” It is a traditional coffee beverage that is widely consumed throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and some parts of Asia. It is one of the coffee traditions made by boiling method, similar to Turkish coffee. You can learn the details of coffee brewing methods in our related blog by clicking on this link.
Arabic coffee is slightly different from Turkish coffee in two ways: Firstly, it is made with ground coffee and cardamom, whereas Turkish coffee does not have any cardamom. Secondly, ground coffee and cardamom are added to boiled water as opposed to Turkish coffee, in which ground coffee is added to the cold water.
The brewing pot used to brew Arabic coffee is called a “dallah” or “ibrik.” A dallah can be made of brass, steel, silver, and evengold. Arabic coffee is typically made by roasting and grinding Arabica coffee beans and then brewing them in hot water in a dallah over a heat source.
Arabic coffee is often flavored with cardamom, which gives it a unique, spicy taste. It is usually served in small porcelain cups called “finjan.” Coffee is a symbol of hospitality in many Arab and Islamic cultures, so it is customary to serve Arabic coffee to guests as a sign of welcome.
Let’s move on to the Arabic coffee recipe below to fill the house with a delicious coffee smell!
1 cup water, filtered or bottled if tap water is of low quality
1 tablespoon ground coffee, extremely fine ground
1-2 cardamom pods
Heat the water in a small pot or dallah over medium heat until it starts to boil.
Add the coffee and cardamom to the pot and stir well.
Let the coffee brew for a few minutes until a froth forms on the surface.
Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for a minute or two to allow the coffee grounds to settle.
Pour the coffee into small porcelain cups, leaving the coffee grounds behind in the pot.
If desired, add sugar to taste.
Your Arabic coffee is ready.
RECIPE NOTE FOR ARABIC COFFEE:
The amount of coffee and cardamom used to make Arabic coffee can vary depending on personal preference. Some recipes may also call for other spices like saffron or cloves.
HOW TO SERVE ARABIC COFFEE:
Arabic coffee is traditionally served in small porcelain cups, similar to Turkish coffee cups. They are usually 60–90 ml (2–3 oz fl) in size. The cups may be plain or decorated with intricate designs.
When serving Arabic coffee, it is important to pour it slowly and carefully to ensure that the coffee grounds are left behind in the pot. It is also customary to serve the coffee with a small plate of dates or other sweets, and a pitcher of water to cleanse the palate between sips.