Spice Tea – Meghli Chai
This is a traditional drink served to visitors of a newborn baby. It is a healthy drink and enjoyed throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. Also Meghli is a kind of rice pudding, popular Lebanese dessert.
- 4 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 ginger roots, cracked
- 1 Tbsp anise seeds
- Sugar to taste
- Your choice: almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, raisins
- Firstly, add all spices to the water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Boil about 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer a 3-5 minutes more. Drink will become dark in color similar to tea.
- Prepare four cups for the drink. Add one to two spoons of sugar to each cup. Pour the spice drink into each cup through a strainer. Stir each.
- Add almonds, walnuts and/or raisins to each cup and serve hot.
You can try substituting honey for the sugar or sugar substitute if you like. Enjoy!