If only we could take a sneak peek into any Arab family’s kitchen during Ramadan, we are surely going to find one interesting thing.
Can you guess what it is?
Well, let’s do it together.
Ramadan, hmm, so it has to something sweet and really special.
Are we still stuck on Sheer Korma?
Oh come on, we really have to be as innovative as this dish is.
So, let me give you a hint. What if we could eat dumplings as a sweet dish?
Well, with this recipe, we are going to exactly the same thing.
Here’s presenting the very yummy looking Luqaimat or the Arabic sweet dumplings!
Luqaimat is a local favorite and a combination of crunchy, soft, and sweet. This deep-fried delicacy is often enjoyed with date syrup and sesame seeds. Here’s how you can make it at home-
For the Batter
- 1 cup maida
- 1/2 tsp dry yeast
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- Very little oil
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 3/4 cup warm water (you may need less depending on the flour you’re using)
- A pinch of saffron
- 2 cups of oil/ghee
- 3 tbsp date syrupor
- 3 tbsp chocolate syrup
• Sesame seeds
Cooking time- 10 minutes for preparation+ 1 hour and 30mins for dough proofing + 15 minutes
Now that we know the ingredients needed to make these delicious dumplings, here are some simple steps to follow to finally cherish them:
1. Activate the dry yeast by adding it into warm water + sugar. Leave it for about 10 minutes.
2. Shift all the dry ingredients together and mix them with the wet ingredients. Prepare a smooth batter. You can churn it in a blender or make a smooth batter by mixing them manually.
3. Pour the batter in a bowl and cover it with a lid. Keep it aside in a warm place for about an hour until the batter doubles in size.
4. Take a pan and pour some ghee/oil. Heat it on medium flame.
5. After an hour, take the batter and test the oil by dropping a little portion into the frying pan.
Tip- If the batter floats in the oil, you’re good to go!
6. Now make tiny balls of the batter and drop them carefully into the oil with the help of two spoons. Be very careful as you drop the dumplings in the hot oil. Cook them on medium flame.
7. Keep moving the dumplings in the oil with a spatula so that they are cooked evenly.
8. When the dumplings are light brown in color, take them out on a tissue paper to absorb the excess oil.
9. Garnish them with the syrup of your choice and serve them immediately!
For the Sauce:
1. Take one cup of dates and soak them in water for about an hour.
2. Remove the seeds from the dates.
3. Now boil the dates in approximately 1.25 cups of water so that becomes squishy.
4. Strain the dates from the water and boil the water until the consistency is thick enough (sauce-like).
5. You will be left with about 60-70ml syrup for garnishing your luqaimats.
Tip- You can also buy ready-made syrup from. the market.
Different versions of Luqaimat
Although Luqaimats are usually served with date syrup, you can also use maple syrup or honey!
Other Arabic Desserts
Arabian desserts are a treat to tastebuds and are worth a try. There’s everything for all sorts of eaters. Just like the sweet dumplings we just saw, there are many other irresistible savory desserts that you can relish!
1. Kunafa with cream
2. Eggless Arabian cake
3. Rice pudding
4. Umm Ali
Now that lockdown has made us all master chefs, do try out this amazing recipe. Feel free to share your feedback with us.
Ever heard of blue pancakes? Well, here’s the link to a recipe as unique and creative as Luqaimats- Blue Pancakes: Your Normal Breakfast With A Little Blue Effect
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We hope you have a wonderful cooking experience.
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