Spiced black tea


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Tekebash & Saba: Recipes from the Horn of Africa

By Saba Alemayoh

Published 2023

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You can make a traditional habesha digestive tea by adding a shot of ouzo. Ouzo, called areki or arek in Tigray, is used as a digestive after a heavy meat meal. Despite popular conception, ouzo/areki extends beyond the Greek culture and is enjoyed by various countries in Eastern Europe and is very popular in Ethiopia.


  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole cardamom pods
  • 2 large


Lightly crush the cloves and cardamom to release more flavour.

Put all the spices and sugar in a stove-top teapot with 4 cups (1 litre) of water, and place over low heat. Bring it to a simmer.