Making Turkish black tea like the
To make the Turkish black tea like the Turks do you
will need two kettles of different sizes: a big and a small one. The
big kettle must be made of metal and the small one can be made of
metal or ceramic.
First fill with water the big kettle and place it at
the stove. Then put the small kettle above the big kettle. At the
small kettle put black tea (the measure of black tea is a dessert
spoon for each person). Light the stove. While the water is boiling
in the big kettle the second small kettle will also be warmed. Please
notice that the small kettle contains only black tea and it does not
After the water boiled, you should put this water on the small
kettle where there you have the black tea. (The measure of the
water is relative to the number of persons who will drink the
tea. For example, if just two people wants to drink tea you should
add a little bit of water, if there are more people you must put
Now you must wait 15 minutes more or less, this is necessary
so that the tea can cook. You will see that after 15 minutes the
tea stays in the bottom of the kettle, this means that the tea
can be served.
In Turkey black tea is generally not drink in mugs but in special
glass cups as a Turkish tradition.
There are two types of tea to be served: the strong tea "Koyu
cay " and the light tea "acik cay". When serving the strong black
tea you must fill two thirds of the mug with tea of the second
kettle and add the boiling water to fill the rest of the mug.
As the tea is strong the colour of this tea is dark brown. When
serving the light black tea you must fill one third of the mug
with tea of the second kettle and add the boiling water to fill
rest of the mug. As the tea is light the colour is light brown.
Add sugar, as you like.
In Turkey we would say: "Afiyet Olsun" that means "Good Appetite"
Date: September 23rd, 2001