Sunday 11 December 2016

Hijazi Almond coffee

I have been part of a small like minded,food loving bloggers group on FB.Starting this month we would be doing a monthly theme challenge.As a part of the challenge for December we were assigned the blog Chef in disguise by the famous and talented blogger Sawsan .Sawsan is a doctor by profession and a blogger by passion .Her blog is a treasure house of some authentic middle eastern recipes.Her effort to preserve family recipes is phenomenal.I was introduced to her blog during the initial years of blogging through the daring bakers challenge which I unfortunately could not continue.The recipe which I selected for this months challenge is Hijazi almond coffee .Contrary to its name it is a zero caffeine drink with no traces of coffee.

In the words of Sawsan -" Hijazi coffee (also known as almond coffee, white coffee,or sweet coffee) is a popular drink in the Hijaz area of Saudi arabia (hence the name Hijazi coffee). It is usually served to celebrate childbirth, graduations, Islamic new year and other happy occasions. Symbolising a sweet, warm and comforting beginning.The base of this coffee is almonds and milk."

Winter is officially in this weekend and all you need is a mug of Hijazi coffee and  a snuggle.I have just halved the recipe and the only variation is, I have used corn starch instead of rice flour.


Recipe for Hijazi almond coffee 

Preparation time:10 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups- milk
  • 1/4 cup-almonds
  • 2tbsp-cornstarch
  • sugar as needed
  • a pinch of cinnamon powder
  • a pinch of cardamom powder


1.To a sauce pan with boiling water add the almonds and boil for two minutes.

2.Drain the almonds peel and blend in a processor.

3.Add milk and sugar to a pan and bring to boil while stirring continuously.

4.Make a corn flour slurry by dissolving with 1/2 cup water.

5.Turn off the heat and stir in the corn flour .

6.Return the pot to heat and add almonds.

7.Cook it until it thickens slightly .

8.Add cinnamon and cardamom powder ,give a stir and switch of the flame.

9.Serve it warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.


    1. Salam Nusrath
      Thank you so much for all your kind words about me and my blog. I am really speechless and honored that you chose to make a recipe from my blog. I do hope that you enjoyed the hijazi coffee

      1. walaikum assalam .Jazak Allah khair for visitig my space.Yup!! I enjoyed it to the bit .

    2. I am totally in love with your pictures, Nusrath... no words to say, they are amazingly beautiful! This one is on my to-do list, I love the video she had in this recipe... thank you so much for participating, hope to see your active participation in future challenges as well... :)

      1. Jazak Allah khair dear,you have always been kind and encouraging in your comments.Pleasure was all mine .Insha Allah would love to continue the challenge

    3. Lovely click Nusrath..even i tried this Hijazi Almond Coffee and loved it...😊😊

      1. Thank you Shazia.Good to know that ,like minded people!!

    4. this is something without coffee to try

    5. Just coming around this linky posts. I read your post on photography with mobile on Lubnas space that was also a good article. This drink, I made it the very day Sawsan shared it on her youtube channel. Definitely a winter drink! What season are we now? it is so confusing.. lol.

      1. Hahaha ,climate is on a stroll .Thank you Famidha.


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