Sunday, August 5, 2012

Qishr -Yemeni Ginger Coffee Drink

Sometimes aimless browsing can give an exciting recipe to you.Its like you have hit the jackpot and same thing happened when I came across this name 'qishr' and more googling got me interesting info on it. This is supposed to be a popular Yemeni drink made from dried coffee berries  or coffee husks. The word qishr or geshr,kishr etc is Arabic for skin. I have adapted the  recipe in Food.com and have tried it out easily with instant coffee. I liked the ginger coffee and if you are one of those who like the gingery drinks then you will definitely like it. Its perfect especially when its raining or misty and wintry. A warm cuppa with a savoury snack like pakoras, khara biscuits etc is sure to provide warmth and comforting.

Ingredients:
Water: 1 cup
Instant Coffee powder: 2 tbsp
Sugar: 2 tbsp +/- as per taste
Powdered Ginger: 2 tsp

Preparation:
Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to boil. Bubbles should appear on the surface of the mix and then you remove it from heat. Cool for a minute and then again bring to boil under high heat. Again repeat the boiling and cooling process for another three times (its just takes minutes altogether).

Adjust and add more sugar if necessary.It is said to be very sugary -atleast the Yemeni version that is. Also if you feel the ginger is too strong, add a pinch of cinnamon/cardamom to dilute it a bit.

Serve in cups preferably small cups as you will not require more than a certain quantity of this sweet strong spicy drink.



A simple yet comforting beverage with a gingery kick. In Ethiopia where it is called buno (bunna for coffee) it is served with dates for breaking the Ramadan fast during the Holy month.So I think its perfect for dear friend Lubna's Joy from Fasting to Feasting event

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