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 Sulaimani Tea

Sulaimani Tea

Sulaimani Tea, also known as the Malabar Spiced Tea, is a drink from North Kerala. It is a black tea which is flavoured with spices and lemon and served without any milk. Sulaimani Tea was made famous with it’s mention in the Malayalam movie Ustaad Hotel.

Sulaimani is essentially a spiced lemon tea which is great to have after a heavy meal. It is often served after meals in Kerala. Since it is lightly spiced and served steaming hot, it is also a great drink to have during the winter season.

Sulaimani Tea
Sulaimani Tea

Sulaimani Tea is one of my favourite beverages to have post meals when we are eating out!

Sulaimani Tea

Course: DrinksCuisine: KeralaDifficulty: Easy


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Sulaimani or Malabar Spiced Tea is a black tea flavoured with spices and lemon.


  • Ginger – 1/4-inch piece

  • Cloves – 2-3

  • Cardamom – 2

  • Cinnamon – 2 1/2-inch pieces

  • Water – 2 cups

  • Tea powder/dust – 2 tsp

  • Sugar – 2 tbsp

  • Lemon Juice – 1-2 tsp


  • Crush together the ginger, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon lightly in a mortar-pestle.
  • Add water to a sauce pan and add the crushed spices to it. Let it boil together for 2-3 min.
  • Add the tea powder and sugar and let it boil for another couple of minutes for the flavours to steep in.
  • Add the lemon juice and turn off the heat. Strain and pour into serving glasses, top with a lemon slice and some mint leaves and serve hot.

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