Bedouin Tea

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by BecR2400

Bedouin Tea: A Wandering People's Enduring Comfort. The following recipe for spiced tea was, and still is, frequently enjoyed by the Bedouin. The Bedouin use the dried leaves of desert plants (habuck and marmaraya). In the U.S., dried thyme or sage can be substituted for the desert herbs for a similar flavor. Experiment with different herbs and spices until you find a recipe that suits your taste. Found at The Austerity Kitchen....posted by request. Note: As mentioned by reviewer UmmBinat in her comments, try wild oregano if you have access to it.

Top Review by Annacia

I made half of the recipe for a large drinking bowl that I just love. I used 50/50 thyme and sage and a whole cinnamon stick. You have it right in the intro, comforting is an excellent description. Honestly, I didn't let it steep for the extra 5 mins, it was strong enough to suite me after the simmering and I just strained it into the bowl and added a tsp of Splenda. I need to add that it seemed to have a soothing effect on the stomach, I've had some upset there for a few days and this truly did help. Gotta love anything that tastes good and makes you feel better both physically and spiritually. :D

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 4 1/2 cups water with the thyme, cardamon pods, cinnamon stick and black tea.
  2. Simmer for five minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and steep for five minutes.
  4. Strain tea and serve with honey, if desired.

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