How to Make Turkish Tea without Double Teapot

Turkish tea is different from Chinese and English variations due to the method of brewing. While the latter two are prepared by boiling tea leaves in water on the stove, Turkish tea is brewed over boiling water. It is brewed in a special teapot called Turkish teapot or a double teapot. However, if you don’t have a Turkish teapot you can use a large kettle and a small teapot to make some delicious tea.

Prep time: 5 Min
Cook time: 20 Min
Total time: 25 Min
Yield: 6 servings

Turkish tea leaves: 1/3 cup or 6 teaspoons
Water (tea brew): 1 liter
Water (for serving): 1 liter
Sugar: to taste


  • 1

    Take a large kettle, fill it with water and bring it to boil on the stove top over high heat.

  • 2

    While the water is boiling, put the Turkish tea leaves into a fine sieve and rinse them thoroughly under cold running water to remove the tea dust.

  • 3

    Properly drain the leaves and transfer them to a small teapot or cooking pot and adjust it on the top of the kettle with boiling water. Do not add any water to the smaller pot containing the Turkish tea leaves. The idea is to heat up the leaves with the steam so that they can easily diffuse the flavour when brewed.

  • 4

    After steaming the leaves for a couple of minutes, remove the kettle and the small teapot from the heat.

  • 5

    Add one cup of the boiling water from the kettle to the small pot, reassemble the utensils and set them onto the burner.

  • 6

    Reduce the heat to low and allow the steam of the boiling water to keep the mixture in the small pot hot. Brew the tea for 15 to 20 minutes or until all of the tea leaves sink to the bottom of the small teapot.

  • 7

    Turn the burner off after the brewing period. You can now serve the tea.

  • 8

    To serve Turkish tea, first pour the tea into the serving glass, running it through a tea strainer and then dilute it with boiling water to the strength of your choice. Add sugar to taste and serve.

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