Drinking (Chay) tea in Azerbaijan is very common and a sign of hospitality. There they drink it out of a special glass called an Armudu which is shaped with a waistline and it is said to represent the ideal figure of an Eastern woman. (I was not able to find this special glass on short notice) The black tea is served with sugar cubes and many types of preserves. First you place the sugar cube or the preserve in your mouth and then sip your tea.
Dried fruits and nuts served with Chay -Black Tea
- 1 cup Black Tea
- Sugar cubes 1 or 2 per cup
- 1 jar Any type of preserve apricot boysenberry, strawberry etc
- 1 lb Dried fruits and nuts
- Make a pot of six cups of boiling water
- Add in either tea bags or fresh black tea to your desired strength.
- Serve with preserves and sugar cubes
- Put out a nice bowl of dried nuts and fruits.
- “Cay nedir, say nedir” which in Azerbaijani means “when you drink tea, you don’t count the cups”