Arabic/Turkish Coffee

Gahwa ‘Arabiyya

Preparation info
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Appears in
Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

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The following is a basic amount, enough to make one finjaan (cup) of coffee. It is traditionally made in a dalla, a small long-handled container with a wide base that tapers at the top. A small saucepan with a pouring lip may be used instead.


  • 1 heaped teaspoon finely ground coffee (not instant)
  • 1 level teaspoon sugar, or to taste
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  • Put coffee, sugar, cardamom, and water in the dalla. Stir with a teaspoon to allow sugar and coffee to blend. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the coffee starts to rise, and the surface develops a creamy frothy ‘face.’ To extract the maximum flavor from coffee, as soon as it starts to rise, take the dalla off the heat and allow it t