The holy month of Ramadan is a special occasion to savour delicious traditional sweets of the Arab world. Sweets not just tend to your sweet tooth, but also provide energy and calories to sustain the body while fasting during Ramadan. Traditional sweets of the Arab world have been refined through the ages to reach its current form. Check out some of the wonderful traditional sweets that you must definitely incorporate in your Suhoor and Iftar!
Luqaimat is delicious dumplings made of flour, sugar, starch, cardamom powder and dry yeast, rolled in date syrup and sprinkled with date molasses; it’s one of the must-have traditional sweets to try this Ramadan.
Assidat al-Boubar is a traditional sweet served widely during Ramadan and Eid. This luscious pumpkin porridge is cooked with milk, sugar, almond flour, butter, rose water, ground cardamom, almonds, raisins, and clarified butter.
A must-have during Ramadan – Qatayef is a pancake-like dough that can be filled with walnuts and sugar mixture; many use Ashta (cream with rose water) or even Akkawi (sweetened cheese) as fillings. Before serving, the preparation is fried and dipped in sugar syrup – a sweet Ramadan indeed!
Chebab is an Emirati pancake combining traditional flavours of cardamom, saffron and dates, and is fried in a pan till it attains a reddish brown colour and texture.
Balaleet is a delicious combination of sweetened vermicelli and eggs, infused with cardamom and saffron, and served with a plain omelette, and bread – tempting enough?
Baklava, the highly popular Turkish sweet, is another amazing dessert widely consumed during Ramadan. This wonderful dessert is cooked to perfection with thin layers of Filo dough and is served with chopped nuts, raisin, and cashew, bound together with honey or syrup.
Kunafa is an amazing dessert. This traditional vermicelli cheese pastry is made of butter, water, lemon juice, rose water, vanilla essence, almonds, pistachios, cheese, raisins, cinnamon, and sugar, baked to a golden hue for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Basbousa is a simple semolina cake soaked in syrup and served with almonds and comprises of semolina flour, butter, sugar, lemon juice yoghurt, and coconut.
Maamoul is small shortbread pastries made of dates, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, figs and other dry fruits. It is very popular and widely consumed in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.
Umm Ali is a delicious gastronomical dessert that originated from the core of Arabia. This delicious creamy pudding is served after Iftar meals and should be on your list of traditional sweets to try this Ramadan.