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Dried lime

Dried, ground black Persian limes
Whole loomi for sale in market in Manama, Bahrain

Dried lime (also known as: black lime;[1] noomi basra (Iraq);[2] limoo amani (Iran); limoo (Oman)[3]) is a lime that has lost its water content, usually after having spent a majority of their drying time in the sun. They are used whole, sliced or ground, as a spice in Middle Eastern dishes. Originating in the Persian Gulf, hence the Persian name limoo amani (Omani limes), dried limes are popular in cookery across the Middle East.


  • Uses 1
  • Flavor 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Dried limes are used to add a sour flavor to dishes, through a process known as souring.[4] In Persian cuisine, they are used to flavor stews and soups.[5] Across the Persian Gulf, they are used cooked with fish, whereas in Iraq they are powdered and added to rice dishes and stuffing.[3] Also, they're made into a warm drink called Hamidh (sour). Powdered dried lime is also used as an ingredient in Persian Gulf-style baharat (a spice mixture which is also called kabsa or kebsa). It is a traditional ingredient of Arabic and Persian cooking.


Dried limes are strongly flavored. They taste sour and citrusy like a lime but they also taste earthy and somewhat smoky and lack the sweetness of fresh limes. Because they are preserved they also have a slightly bitter, fermented flavor, but the bitter accents are mainly concentrated in the lime's outer skin and seeds.

See also


  1. ^ Mallos, Tess (2007). Middle Eastern Cooking. VT, USA:  
  2. ^ What is Noomi Basra? | Ayelet's Comfort. 2015. What is Noomi Basra? | Ayelet's Comfort. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 October 2015].
  3. ^ a b Basan, Ghillie (2007). Middle Eastern Kitchen. NY, USA: Hippocrene Books Inc. p. 78.  
  4. ^ Butcher, Sally (2012). "Legumes and Pulses". Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East. London, UK:  
  5. ^ Shafia, Louisa. The New Persian Kitchen. CA, USA:  

External links

  • Spice Pages: Lime
  • Black Lemons
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