Thursday, May 28, 2020

Kehki Fani

I  actually posted this recipe a long time back but for some reason it was taken down, most probably because it is also featured in my book but with the day being a gloomy day and I am feeling pretty anxious with the lockdown easing.

Kehki fani is a spiced drink. I always look forward to it when I visit Kulhudhufushi, my father's island.

 Its a specialty of that island. Its spices cooked in water sweetened with sugar, and a tea bag is added just at the end to give a bit of colour and a hint of tea taste. Jasmine tea or the use of jasmine-infused water also lifts it up. Although the tea was not used during the old days and even now only some house holds add tea. 

So next time you are feeling blue or need something to warm you up try making this tea.

Yield: 6 glasses
Author: Nammi

Kehki Fani

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 40 mins


  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pandan leaf ( about  12- 14 inch) knotted or cut into large pieces
  • 1 large stick cinamon ( whole stick, about 3 inches)
  • 24-26 cardamon pods, ends snipped
  • 14 cloves
  • 3/4 cups sugar ( or 1/2 if you want it less sweet)
  • 1 tea bag or 1 tsp tea leaves


  1. Heat water, add the spices and pandan leaf and bring it to a boil.
  2. Lower heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add sugar, simmer another 10 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar and add the tea bag. Leave it inside the pot for 5 minutes and then remove.  
  4. Switch off  and cool it down a little before serving it warm or luke warm. 
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  1. It sounds so tasty! Gotta try this when the winter arrives. What else can you use instead of pandan leaf?

    1. can just leave it out if you dont have pandan, maybe use a jasmine scented tea to give more aroma instead of regular tea.

  2. Gosh, this looks really good. Easy to make, tasty -- what's no;t to like? :-) Thanks!

  3. we enjoy herbal teas they make you feel relaxed. I have been trying different edible flowers in teas


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