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Shay bil Maramiya (Sage-Scented Tea) in two glasses.

Shay bil Maramiya (Palestinian Sage-Scented Tea)

Recipe for Shay bil Maramiya (شاي بالمرامية, Palestinian Sage-Scented Tea) from the cookbook, The Gaza Kitchen! Dried sage leaves are steeped with black tea and a little sugar for a soothing drink.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Palestinian
Keyword beverage, drink, Palestine, Palestinian, sage, tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 5 -6 Servings


  • 3 teaspoons full-bodied loose black tea or 3-4 black tea bags
  • 1 handful dried sage leaves
  • 6 teaspoons sugar adjust to taste
  • 6 cups water


  • In a clean teapot, boil the water and sugar for 3 continuous minutes. Remove the teapot from heat. As you do so, immediately throw in the sage leaves so they get one brief boil through (do not be tempted to boil them longer or a very bitter flavor will result). Add the tea bags, then cover and let them steep for about 5 minutes.
  • The tea should be an amber red color, not dark red or it will be too bitter. Strain it and serve, preferably in clear glasses so the color of the tea is visible, with assorted pastries or to finish a heavy meal.