Loomi tea is a tart, citrusy tea made with dried limes or limoo amani that are popular all over the Middle East. You can read more about these limes by clicking on the link above.
For today’s quick recipe, Loomi Tea, all we do is simmer a couple of these dried limes in water, strain, then sweeten to taste with either sugar or honey. Some years ago, on a stopover in Dubai, I had loomi tea made with borage flowers, which not only gave it a slight minty aroma, but also made a pretty picture.
So when I make this tea in the summer, I alway add some borage flowers to the mix, as I grow them for the express purpose of making Pimm’s, a gin based British cocktail. And, in the summer, I also make it cold, from time to time, just like iced lemon tea. In fact, quite often, I make iced lemon tea with limoo amani, instead of lemons. Ok, ok, recipe soon!
What if you don’t have access to dried limes? If you can get dried lemon peel, then you are set to go! Lemon peels can quite often be found in the baking section of supermarket isles.
And before we get to the recipe, look out for a cocktail based on this tea, sent to me by one of my readers, courtesy of The New York Times.Print
Loomi tea is a tart, citrusy tea made with dried limes or limoo amani that are popular all over the Middle East.
- 2 dried limes ( I like to use a black and a brown, but ir doesn’t really matter)
- 1 litre (4 cups) water
- sugar or honey, to taste
- 12 borage flowers (totally optional)
- Place the limes in a small food bag, and using the back of a knife, crack the limes open.
- Place the limes and all bits into a saucepan and top with the water.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes for a light flavour, and 10, for a stronger flavour. I prefer to go the whole 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a teapot or jug and discard the limes.
- Pour into cups or tea glasses, sweeten to taste and serve.
- If you have borage flowers, drop a flower or two in each glass.
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern