Tosign Shai (Ethiopian Thyme Tea) Recipe 

Tosign Shai stands out from your typical thyme tea. Cultivated in the fertile lands of Ethiopia, the thyme used is completely organic. Following the harvest, it undergoes the traditional process of sun-drying before being made available in open markets. With a history dating back to ancient times, Tosign Shai has been valued for its health benefits, addressing various issues such as colds, flu-like symptoms, digestive problems, and insomnia.

Ingredients Required to Make Tosign Shai

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons dried Ethiopian thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon tea spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves) or chai spice mix

How to Make Tosign Shai (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a tea kettle or pot.
  2. Add the dried Ethiopian thyme leaves and the tea spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves) or chai spice mix to the boiling water.
  3. Boil the mixture over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes to infuse the flavors.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and let the thyme infusion stand for 2–3 minutes.
  5. Enjoy the Ethiopian Thyme Infusion with your favorite Ethiopian snack.

Notes

  • You can use a ready-made tea spice mix or create your own blend using cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.
  • Some people like to add milk or cream and sugar to enhance the flavor of the thyme infusion. Feel free to adjust according to your preference.

Equipment Recommendations to Make Tosign Shai

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Tosign Shai Recipe

Tosign Shai (Ethiopian Thyme Tea) Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sara Seife Course: DrinksCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings

Tosign Shai stands out from your typical thyme tea. Cultivated in the fertile lands of Ethiopia, the thyme used is completely organic. Following the harvest, it undergoes the traditional process of sun-drying before being made available in open markets.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons dried Ethiopian thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon tea spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves) or chai spice mix

Directions

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a tea kettle or pot.
  • Add the dried Ethiopian thyme leaves and the tea spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves) or chai spice mix to the boiling water.
  • Boil the mixture over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes to infuse the flavors.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let the thyme infusion stand for 2–3 minutes.
  • Enjoy the Ethiopian Thyme Infusion with your favorite Ethiopian snack.

Notes

  • You can use a ready-made tea spice mix or create your own blend using cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.
  • Some people like to add milk or cream and sugar to enhance the flavor of the thyme infusion. Feel free to adjust according to your preference.

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Sara Seife
Sara Seife

Sara is a blogger, nutritionist, and recipe engineer who loves to create and share Ethiopian food recipes and guides. She is the Chief Editor of The Ethiopian Food, an online platform that aims to help people all over the world learn about and enjoy Ethiopian cuisine. Sara is passionate about sharing her love of Ethiopian food and culture with others, and she hopes that her recipes and guides will help people to create delicious and authentic Ethiopian meals at home.

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