Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Turkish Tea

(Turk Cayi)

Turkish Tea
4 tsp Turkish tea leaves + 2 tbsp bottled water
3 cups bottled cold water

Brewing Tea Turkish-style

To make Turkish tea you should use Caydanlik (picture) which is a small tea pot-brewer (demlik) on top of a kettle.

Pour 3 cups of water into the larger kettle. Put the Turkish tea leaves and 2 tbsp of water into the teapot and place it on the kettle. Bring the water in the kettle to boil over medium heat. Then turn the heat off. Wait for the water to settle*, then pour half of the boiling water from the kettle over the leaves into the brewer. Let it brew for about 5 minutes**. Then pour the brewed tea into tea glasses using a small tea strainer. Fill in half of the tea glasses with the brewed tea and the rest with the hot water.

Serve Turkish tea with sugar cubes. I like to have my Turkish tea without sugar with just a few drops of lemon juice.

* If you pour boiled water immediately over tea leaves, the tea will lose its vitamins.
** If you extend brewing time, the taste will get bitter. Also freshly brewed Turkish tea should be consumed within half an hour of brewing time.

This recipe produces 4 servings in Turkish tea glasses.

About Turkish Tea

In Turkey, tea growers don't use pesticide and Turkish tea doesn't contain much caffeine. For these reasons, Turkish tea is more natural and healthy. The tea is produced in Northeastern (Dogu Karadeniz) Turkey, which is the 5th largest producer in the world. You can find Turkish Tea at local Turkish Grocery stores or online at Tulumba and Taste of Turkey.

Benefits of Turkish Tea

- C and E vitamins in tea boosts the immune system and wards against leukemia.
- Caffeine in tea stimulates the nervous system, increases concentration, makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.
- Lowers cholesterol levels.
- Fluoride in the tea helps prevent tooth decay.
- Cleans the liver, lowers blood pressure, stabilizes the kidneys and it's also good for atherosclerosis.


At 1:20 AM, Anonymous saeedeh said...

if you add some saffron , clove , cardamom , ... it will be so tasty

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Hande said...

if you add some saffron , clove , cardamom it will be some other tea. But not Turkish tea :)

Di mi ama Binnur?

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Saeedeh,
Turkish cuisine isn't generally heavy on spices but I will give it a try:)

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Hande:)
Cayimizi oldugu gibi sade severiz di mi:)
Sevgiyle kal,

At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just discovered your wonderful website and have added it to my favourites. My husband is from Kosovo their food is heavily influenced by Turkish cuisine. I tried the recipe for lahmacun today and he went mad for it!
I have never liked Engish tea yet I love Turkish tea and drink it nearly every day. We have good Turkish stores in London so I already have a caydanlik. I can't wait to try some other recipes.
Thank you so much.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you for the nice comment:) I hope you and your husband will like
my other recipes:)

At 4:55 PM, Blogger John said...

I love this kind of tea. I just made it right for the first time and it is great.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi John,
Glad you liked it:)

At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur
Nasilsin..It's Sam

Just asking how you can make it if you dont have a brewing kettle. Also do you just buy the tea leaves from a Turkish bakkal?


At 10:51 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sam,
Tesekkur ederim, iyiyim:) You can buy Turkish Tea in a box from the Turkish Bakkal. My understanding is that there is a Turkish bakkal close to you. They mostly sell brewing kettle. Otherwise it is very hard to brew the Turkish tea:)

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Kari said...

This is so fantastic!! I found your website last year and made borek(yummy!), but I didn't see that you had info about Turkish tea! I lived in Turkey as an exchange student in high school (over 10 years ago) and I adored the food. It really warmed my heart to find this website--it brought back so many great memories! I also see you added baklava- I'm going to try that next. By far the most consise, easy to follow baklava recipe I have ever seen. I liked that you have a traditional recipe with sugar syrup. All the baklava I find in the states has honey and I don't like it as much. Yay!!!!! You and your daughter so great. Thank you for this awesome website!!!!

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Sam,
You can use coffeemaker and it works very well. Just instead of coffe use tea. I tried and it came out just like one made in brewing kettle.

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, the Turk Cayi is the best. And the Turkish cuisine is very very good. I especialy like Patlican Imam Bayildi. I'm from Romania, and I bought last year, from Turkey, some pomegranate dry tea. Can you tell me what is made of? zest or peel? Thanks!

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Yes, you are right Turk Cayi is the best:) Pomegranate Tea are made from the dried scarlet red pomegranate flowers like other herbal Turkish teas.
Camomile Tea are made from small white and yellow flowers which have been bitter and aromatic or Linden Tea are made from their fragrant yellow-white flowers...
Take care,

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bunnur,

Thank you for your recipes I can finally cook turkish food, evde annem yapardi :) Evlendim ve esim ve ben sizin yemeklerinzi cok sevdik Cok Tessekurler!!

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been making Turkish tea for 5 years now for my Turkish husband and I never knew the proper way to do it! Tea brewing is truly an art. This information is amazing! I never knew you needed to wait for the water to settle. I am truly impressed. Thank you!

At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, in turkey i bought some cherry flavoured turkish tea. but how do you make the tea with cherry?

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

If it is loose follow the same instruction that I gave. If it is in the bag, just soak into the hot water.

At 8:01 AM, Blogger lionessg said...

I am so happy I finally found my çaydanlik! It took the local market several months to get one for me (I live in Florida so there is not much call for them here). I made my first pot of Turkish çay a few days ago and was so happy, but now I know how to do it right! I can show my daughter what we did wrong! çok Guzel!
teşekkür etmek,

At 6:25 AM, Anonymous elma çayı lover said...


can You please tell us how to
make (home made) real good
apple tea (elma çayı).

Thank You

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sure, I am going to post it soon:)

At 4:51 AM, Anonymous elma çayı lover said...

Thank You

I have tried couple of times,
but it isn't the same taste as
it was in Istanbul.

I used wild apple, cinnamon and cloves...

Taste is much better, after Your suggestions
(way of cooking) I have found here...

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Elma Çayı lover said...

Can't wait for Elma Çayı suggestions...

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I have a very long request list and I am not sure when I will post it yet:)

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Elma Çay addict said...

I had to check out am I forgotten...

I will wait as long as is needed
to feel again that taste...

Today I have tried (Babil - Turkish Tea) but that is not the same taste.

I would like to make it by my self!

Thanks again, sorry for impatient behavior. ;)

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is not a problem. I just wanted to let you know that it may take time:)
You can find Turkish Apple Tea at which is Turkish on line store:)
Take care,

At 3:20 PM, OpenID uumum said...

You first sent me to Tulumba for something I couldn't find in my local market. I Love that store. I just wanted to let your readers know that they drop ship from within Turkiye if you wish to send gifts and it is much safer. I sent my boyfriend's mother a Turkish version of "Time Traveler's Wife" and shipping was only $6.95 as opposed to nearly $30 to send a book from the US to Turkiye.
And Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and ideas!

At 11:46 PM, Blogger SuZoo said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try to make it :)

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sherree,
Caykur, Feliz or Altinbas are the brand names like Lipton or Tetley or Red Rose or Choice Organic etc. You will decide which one you like after tasting each of them that has their unique flavour. Some brew strong, some acidic, some mellow taste......
What do you store them in the freezer for? Do you always store the tea in the freezer? Just store them in the pantry:)
"Tea should be kept dry, at room temperature, away from direct light, and in an air-tight container."

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Bill said...

Hi Binnur,

While living in Turkey, our wonderful hosts had their own special "blend" of tea. She liked to add just a little bit of bergamot or Earl Grey to the regular Caykur, etc. Have you ever done such a thing? If so, what proportion do you use?

Thanks, Bill

P.S. We love your site!

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Bill,
It is not common for Turkish women to cook by using measurements. They just use approximate quantities by experience, it is eyeball. Therefor you need to determent it by trial and error.My intention is to introduce to Turkish kitchen and culture to others by making it easier with measurements.

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur Hanim,
Siz ailenin bir parcasi oldunuz artik - yemek yaptigimda ailem hemen sorruyor "Binnur'un tarifi mi diye?" Sizi cok seviyoruz!!

Cayim sayenizde cok guzel oluyor ama maalesef bulanik oluyor hep. Neyi yanlis yapiyorum?




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